OAKLAND With rosters expanding Sunday, the A's called up four players from Triple-A Sacramento: infielders Jemile Weeks and Andy Parrino, reliever Pedro Figueroa and outfielder and 2010 first-round draft pick Michael Choice.
Manager Bob Melvin said none of the call-ups are simply rewards for strong minor-league performances.
"In the position that we're in, when you add guys, they're not just going to sit around," he said. "There's reasons for it."
Melvin said Choice adds another corner outfield option with "thump in his bat" who can help against left-handers. Weeks gives the A's speed and a switch-hitting option off the bench, and he and Parrino have played infield and outfield, giving Melvin more flexibility with his bench.
Choice, 23, hit .302 with 14 homers and 89 RBIs for the River Cats and was named to the All-Pacific Coast League team. It's the first call-up for the 10th overall pick in 2010, who described receiving the news Saturday as "a shock to the system."
Weeks returns to Oakland after a trying year in which he was demoted at the end of last season, battled injuries in spring training and played outfield for the first time in his career this season hoping greater versatility would get him back to the majors.
"I learned as I went on," said Weeks, who batted .271 with a .376 on-base percentage and scored 96 runs for Sacramento. "Just tried everything possible to see what my route was to get back here, and here we are."
Parrino went 3 for 24 in nine games for the A's in April.
Melvin said he likely won't use either Weeks or Parrino a strong defender and natural shortstop in the outfield unless pressed into it by an extra-inning game or short bench.
Figueroa likely will be used to match up against left-handed hitters. Figueroa, a hard-throwing left-hander who appeared in 19 games for the A's last season, was 3-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 46 games for the River Cats.
To make room for Choice on the 40-man roster, the A's designated catcher Luke Montz for assignment.
Reddick update Outfielder Josh Reddick (sprained right wrist) said he hasn't had any pain for the past couple of days after receiving a cortisone shot last week. Melvin said Reddick will do strength work for the next few days and could take batting practice later this week. Both are optimistic Reddick can return when his 15-day disabled list stint is up Sept. 10.
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