A's Recall Bowers, Rodriguez; Welcome Back Suzuki
A day after making four moves to their major league roster, the Oakland A's made six more. Starter Justin Duchscherer was returned to the disabled list one day after being activated. Duchscherer was scheduled to start the A's game on Saturday, but his balky left hip acted up before the game. He was scratched from the start and landed on the DL. Duchscherer may end up having surgery on the hip, which would cost him the entire season. He has a 2.89 ERA on the season. Vince Mazzaro pitched for Sacramento on Saturday and would be in-line to take Duchscherer's place in the rotation.
Tyson Ross wound-up getting his first major league start on Saturday in place of Duchscherer and he went 3.2 innings on three-days rest. Oakland lost the game against the Angels, 12-3, and wore-out their bullpen in the process. Consequently, Oakland recalled two relievers to boost the bullpen: right-hander Henry Rodriguez and left-hander Cedrick Bowers.
Rodriguez was recalled one day after being sent down to Triple-A. He was allowed to return without spending the required 10 days in the minor leagues because he is replacing an injured player, Duchscherer, on the roster. Rodriguez made only one appearance with the A's in his last 10-day stint and, consequently, has thrown only 10.2 total innings this season between the big leagues and Triple-A.
Bowers gets the call after posting a 2.55 ERA in 17.2 innings for Sacramento. The hard-throwing veteran lefty had struck-out 26 and walked eight this season and PCL hitters were batting only .161 against him. Bowers was a minor league free agent signing this off-season and a non-roster invitee to major league camp. Bowers has been in professional baseball since 1996. He has made only five major league appearances over that time, but he did pitch in the Japanese Professional League for three years.
The A's are also welcoming catcher Kurt Suzuki, who returns from his first stint on the disabled list. Suzuki was batting .254 with an 852 OPS with the A's before he landed on the DL. He had three hits in eight at-bats with Sacramento in his rehab assignment.
With Suzuki's return, the A's have sent down Josh Donaldson, who will be able to get regular at-bats and reps behind the plate with Sacramento. Donaldson, in his first big league stint, had a .154 average in 26 at-bats. He had an 842 OPS in 18 games with the River Cats.
The A's also designated reliever Chad Gaudin for assignment. He is the second reliever designated for assignment for the A's in two days, as Edwar Ramirez was DFA'd on Sunday. Gaudin gave up six runs in 2.2 innings on Saturday and had an 8.83 ERA overall. It is the second time he has been released this season, having been let go by the New York Yankees during spring training.
A's Acquire Minor Leaguers
Injuries continue to ravage the A's organization from top to bottom, as Kyla Hill detailed in her update on Extended Spring Training. Consequently, the A's have found themselves short on bodies for their minor league rosters. Over the past week, the A's have signed or acquired three minor leaguers: Travis Blackley, Brett Harper, Ryan Edell and Neil Wagner.
Blackley, a veteran left-hander with major league experience, was added to the Sacramento roster this week. He was signed as a free agent after pitching in Mexico. The Australian native has a 4.02 ERA in eight-plus minor league seasons. He made eight starts for the Seattle Mariners and the San Francisco Giants in 2004 and 2007, respectively, posting an 8.35 ERA in 34.2 innings. Blackley is likely to join the River Cats' starting rotation.
Harper signed a minor league free agent contract with the A's this week and was added to the River Cats' roster. The first-baseman/outfielder hit 19 homeruns for Triple-A Las Vegas and Albuquerque last season. That broke a streak of three straight seasons during which he hit at least 20 homeruns. He has 136 homeruns in his nine minor league seasons.
The Midland Rockhounds have been assigned two new acquisitions: pitchers Ryan Edell and Neil Wagner. Wagner was acquired on May 11 from the Cleveland Indians organization. Coming into this season, Wagner had a 3.32 ERA in 233.1 minor league innings. He was averaging 10.7 strike-outs per nine innings. The right-hander made his Midland debut on Thursday, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings with a strike-out and two walks.
Edell, a lefty, was also in the Cleveland organization earlier this season. He was released by the Indians and signed by Oakland. A starter, Edell had a 6.85 ERA in five starts with an impressive 18:4 K:BB ratio. Going into the 2010 season, he had a 3.63 ERA in 484.1 minor league innings.
* Stockton starter Shawn Haviland established a career-high against High Desert on Saturday when he struck-out 10 batters in 5.2 innings. He didn't walk a batter and allowed two runs on seven hits. Haviland earned his third win and lowered his ERA to 3.07.
* In that same game, Jeremy Barfield (5), Ryan Ortiz (3) and Matt Whitney (2) all went deep. Stephen Parker had four hits to raise his average to .297 and Grant Green had three hits and is now batting .282.
* Jeff Baisley has seven hits in his last nine at-bats and is hitting .440 in seven games for Double-A Midland.