Oakland A's MLN: Leon Hurting

Yesterday we noted that Arnold Leon hadn't appeared in a game in more than a week. Today we found out the reason why. Find out more on the health of Leon, plus updates on players at extended spring training and Monday's action in the A's system inside...

Leon Heading Back To Arizona For Tests

Arnold Leon is still listed on the active roster for the Double-A Midland Rockhounds, but he hasn't pitched since April 16th and he may not be throwing in a game again for awhile longer. UPDATED: Leon was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday afternoon and Daniel Sattler has been promoted from Stockton to take his place on the Midland roster.

Leon, who has allowed three runs on six hits in 4.1 innings this season, has been battling elbow inflammation. According to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Leon will be traveling back to Arizona to be examined by team doctors.

Horton, Cardenas Progressing

There is good health news on A's infield prospects Josh Horton and Adrian Cardenas. Horton and Cardenas are both participating in games at extended spring training and could be heading out to teams in a week or two. Horton is recovering from off-season arm surgery and Cardenas is coming back from a fractured thumb that he suffered during spring training.

Pitching prospect Fautino De Los Santos is making incremental progress in his return from elbow soreness. According to Lieppman, De Los Santos is close to returning to the mound. If his arm continues to feel good when he throws off of a mound, he will start throwing in extended spring training games.

Christensen, Doolittle Looking Strong In Extended Spring

Lieppman noted that right-handers Kyle Christensen and Ryan Doolittle have been pitching well in extended spring training.

Christensen, the A's 15th round pick in 2006, missed all of the 2008 season with shoulder problems, but he is finally healthy and he told Scout.com's Kyla Hill during spring training that he is throwing in the low- to mid-90s. Christensen had a 5-0 record and a 4.94 ERA in 23.2 innings for short-season Vancouver last year. Despite having been in the A's system since 2006, Christensen is still only 21 years old.

Doolittle, the younger brother of A's prospect Sean Doolittle, is making his way back after missing all of last season with arm problems. Ryan Doolittle was the A's 26th round pick in 2008. He had a 4.44 ERA for the A's Rookie League team in 2008 before injuring his arm. Doolittle is 22 years old.

Other News And Notes

* Outfielder Jai Miller was claimed off of waivers by the Kansas City Royals on Monday. Miller was designated for assignment last week when the A's added Matt Carson to the 40-man roster. Miller hit only .118 in 10 games with Triple-A Sacramento. Kansas City optioned Miller to Triple-A Omaha.

* Sacramento scored six runs in the first three innings of their game on Monday and then held on for a 6-5 win over the Las Vegas 51's. Henry Rodriguez recorded the final four outs of the game to earn the save and get the River Cats back into the win column. He struck-out three and earned his third save of the season. Rodriguez has yet to allow an earned run in 7.2 innings. Chris Carter and Jack Cust hit back-to-back homers in the third inning. It was Carter's fourth homerun and Cust's second. Josh Donaldson drove-in two runs and reached base three times and Anthony Recker had three hits. Lenny DiNardo earned the win by allowing four runs in six innings.

* Midland dropped a 3-2 decision to Corpus Christi on Monday. Beau Vaughan allowed a walk-off hit to Jack Shuck in the ninth to earn the loss. Carlos Hernandez walked five in five innings, but he allowed only two runs and still has a 2.61 ERA on the season. Justin Friend tossed two shut-out innings, striking out three. Archie Gilbert hit his third homer of the season. Steve Kleen had two hits, including a double, and Gabriel Ortiz added an RBI in the loss.

* Kenneth Smalley pitched into the seventh inning in his best start of the season and the Stockton Ports defeated the San Jose Giants by a score of 8-5. Smalley allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in 6.1 innings to earn the win. He struck-out three. Shane Keough, Stephen Parker and Michael Spina each had two hits and Parker and Grant Green each had two RBIs in the win.


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