Oakland A's MLN: DLS Makes Debut

One of the Oakland A's top prospects celebrated the holiday weekend in style by making his 2009 regular season debut. We have news and notes from around the Oakland A's system inside...

De Los Santos Debuts

Top Oakland A's pitching prospect Fautino De Los Santos made his much awaited 2009 regular season debut on Sunday for the A's Rookie League team in Arizona. The hard throwing right-hander has been out since last May, when he injured his elbow and had to undergo Tommy John surgery. De Los Santos allowed two hits, one walk and a run in two innings. He struck-out three.

There are a number of other notable names rehabbing with the AZL A's. Mike Mitchell, a reliever who has been out since the start of the 2007 season with shoulder problems, also pitched on Sunday. The right-hander threw a perfect inning. At the time of his injury in 2007, Mitchell was one of the A's top relief prospects.

Daniel Thomas, a right-hander who began the year with High-A Stockton, is attempting to return to full-season action by rehabbing with the AZL A's. The hard-throwing Thomas injured his right labrum early in the season and hadn't pitched since April. Thomas threw a scoreless inning on Tuesday with the AZL A's.

On the position-player front, utilityman Corey Wimberly began his rehab with the AZL A's on Tuesday. He has been out since April with a fractured wrist. At the time of his injury, Wimberly was batting .348 with nine stolen bases in 17 games for Double-A Midland.

Big Week For A's Rookies

It has been a big week for Oakland A's rookies Andrew Bailey and Brett Anderson. Bailey began the week by learning that he was named to the American League All-Star team. The rookie closer is 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA and 57 strike-outs in 48.2 innings. He has saved nine games. Bailey hasn't allowed a run in his last nine outings.

Anderson made a little bit of history himself on Monday when he tossed a two-hit shut-out at Fenway Park. It was Anderson's first major league complete game and shut-out. He also became the first rookie to shut-out the Red Sox at Fenway since Jim Abbott did it in 1989.

Roster Moves

The A's have made a number of roster moves this week. On Monday, the team added outfielder Scott Hairston, who was acquired on Sunday by Oakland for Ryan Webb, Craig Italiano and a player to be named later, to the active roster and sent outfielder Travis Buck back to Triple-A. Buck has been on the shuttle back-and-forth between Oakland and Sacramento for the last two seasons.

Dana Eveland also had a crazy week. The left-hander was called up by Oakland on Monday to replace Dallas Braden, who was placed on the bereavement list. Eveland then started for Oakland in the A's loss on Tuesday at Fenway and was later designated for assignment by the team after allowing four runs in 2.2 innings. Eveland was pitching on three days' rest.

Other News and Notes

* Ryan Webb, who was traded by the A's to San Diego on Sunday, has been added to the Padres 25-man roster. Webb will be making his major league debut with San Diego. The right-hander was a 2004 fourth round pick of the A's.

* Reliever Patrick Currin, who was released by the A's at the California League All-Star break, has been signed by the Atlanta Braves' organization.

* 2008 Sacramento River Cats' star Brooks Conrad has hit his first major league homerun with the Braves. The utilityman, who played in six games with Oakland last season, has four hits in 11 at-bats for Atlanta. He has a homer, a triple and three RBIs.

* Kane County Cougars' infielder Mike Spina left Tuesday night's game after being hit in the head with a pitch. He was 2-3 with a double and three RBIs before being hurt.

* The Cougars had a big offensive night on Tuesday, scoring 10 runs and collecting 13 hits. Six Cougars had two hit-nights, including Stephen Parker (who hit his second homer of the season), Jason Christian, Christopher Berroa, Dusty Napoleon, Spina and Petey Paramore.

* The Cougars are down to eight healthy position players and may need to add a player before Wednesday's game if Spina isn't recovered from his beaning.

* Vancouver outfielder Rashun Dixon broke a slump with a two-hit night for the C's on Tuesday. He hit his second homerun of the season and drove home two in the 6-4 win. Daniel Straily, a 2009 A's draft pick, got the win by striking out five in two scoreless innings.

* Daric Barton was ejected on Tuesday night's in the River Cats' loss to the Reno Aces, which made for an unusual night for Eric Patterson. Patterson played three positions last night, starting at second and then playing at first and in center. Centerfielder Matt Carson also showed his versatility, playing in center and pitching an inning.

* Despite the ejection, Barton is in the middle of a hot streak with Sacramento. In seven games since being sent down by Oakland, he has hit .321 with two doubles, three homers and nine RBIs.

* Patterson stole his 30th base of the season in Tuesday's game.


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