The A’s welcomed back two players from the disabled list Friday, reinstating first baseman Ike Davis and reliever Edward Mujica before their game against the Los Angeles Angels.
Davis, who missed more than a month with a Grade 2 strain in his left quadricep, is in the A’s lineup Friday batting sixth and playing first base. Manager Bob Melvin said the A’s will keep an eye on Davis’ workload the next few days, but that “we feel like we took a pretty good amount of time with him to make sure he’s 100 percent.”
Davis said he played pain-free during rehab games at Triple-A Nashville. Melvin said Davis got plenty of at-bats in those games and “reports are he had really good at-bats and he’s fully healthy.”
Mujica is returning from a broken finger and could step quickly into a late-game role in the bullpen. The A’s have struggled to find a formula for the later innings, and Evan Scribner has had two rough outings recently, so Melvin said of Mujica: “There’s a chance you could see him in a very prominent role.”
To clear roster spots, the A’s optioned reliever Arnold Leon back to Triple-A Nashville and designated infielder Andy Parrino for assignment. With the Parrino move, the A’s opted for more offense by keeping Max Muncy on the roster, and Melvin said Muncy likely will get playing time at both corner infield spots.
Parrino’s role had been mainly for late-game defense, particularly at shortstop. That the A’s chose to DFA him – meaning other teams can put in a waiver claim on Parrino – indicates growing confidence in the defensive abilities of shortstop Marcus Semien.
The A’s open a three-game series Friday night against the Angels and Los Angeles right-hander Matt Shoemaker. Oakland’s lineup:
And the Angels’ lineup against A’s right-hander Sonny Gray: