OAKLAND -- The As made a roster move this morning, recalling catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento and optioning reliever Fernando Rodriguez down to Triple-A.
Manager Bob Melvin the move was made in response to the As current lack of depth on the bench. Brandon Moss (right calf strain) and Josh Reddick (hyperextended right knee) are both out today and considered day-to-day, while Nick Punto is "still not 100 percent," Melvin said.
Vogt gives the As three catchers, obviously, but can also play left field in a pinch, said Melvin. Plus, he has been hitting well in Sacramento since returning from an oblique strain on May 11. Vogt is hitting .364 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 21 games with the River Cats, including a .433 mark in his last 14 games.
Melvin said the fact Vogt provides another left-handed bat in the absence of both Moss and Reddick had "something to do with it, but more about just the best player that we have available." He did not say whether this is a long-term move, or if Vogt is just up until the As get a little healthier.
Moss said Vogts arrival will be welcomed. "He calls a great game," Moss said. "Hes got a good presence in our lineup, hes got some pop. And he deserves to be here. I know hes going to be glad to be here."
He wont have long to settle in. The As have Vogt in the starting lineup today against the Angels, batting sixth and catching Sonny Gray. Heres the full As lineup:
And the Angels lineup against Gray:
* Rodriguez was the odd man out roster-wise despite recording a 1.13 ERA in his six appearances for the As so far this season. It still had to be an encouraging stretch for Rodriguez, who was coming off Tommy John surgery and hadnt had many outings in minor-league rehab before being recalled.
"Hes done a great job for us, and really he didnt do anything to deserve being sent down," Melvin said.
Rodriguez still has yet to pitch on back-to-back days since his surgery, so thats one thing hell be able to check off in Sacramento. His presence there also gives the As security if another reliever goes down, though they may have to make another move soon with Ryan Cook nearing a return.
* Cook needed just nine pitches to record three outs in a scoreless inning in a rehab game Saturday night for Single-A Stockton. He said this morning he "feels good. I feel ready to go, so I guess its out of my hands now."
Melvin said theres a strong possibility Cook will travel with the As to New York on the off-day Monday and be activated for the series opener Tuesday. "Nothings for sure yet, but thats the plan at this point," Melvin said.
* Moss was still limping around the clubhouse some this morning, but said his strained calf was "feeling a lot better today."
"Its still a little stiff, a little tight," he said. "But nothing like how it was before."
Moss said his hope is hell rest the injury today and Monday and play Tuesday. He hasnt tested the calf running, so thatll be one box to check before he returns.
* Coco Crisp is back in the lineup today after entering Saturday nights game for Reddick in the seventh inning. As Melvin pointed out this morning, Crisps presence in the game, as it often does, seemed to spark the As. They still trailed 3-2 when Crisp pinch-hit for Reddick in the seventh. His single sparked a five-run rally before the inning ended, as the As totaled 11 unanswered runs in the win.