OAKLAND -- The A’s 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 A’s 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 A’s 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 A’s get a little healthier.
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Moss said Vogt’s arrival will be welcomed. "He calls a great game," Moss said. "He’s got a good presence in our lineup, he’s got some pop. And he deserves to be here. I know he’s going to be glad to be here."
He won’t have long to settle in. The A’s have Vogt in the starting lineup today against the Angels, batting sixth and catching Sonny Gray. Here’s the full A’s 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 A’s so far this season. It still had to be an encouraging stretch for Rodriguez, who was coming off Tommy John surgery and hadn’t had many outings in minor-league rehab before being recalled.
"He’s done a great job for us, and really he didn’t do anything to deserve being sent down," Melvin said.
Rodriguez still has yet to pitch on back-to-back days since his surgery, so that’s one thing he’ll be able to check off in Sacramento. His presence there also gives the A’s 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 it’s out of my hands now."
Melvin said there’s a strong possibility Cook will travel with the A’s to New York on the off-day Monday and be activated for the series opener Tuesday. "Nothing’s for sure yet, but that’s 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."
"It’s still a little stiff, a little tight," he said. "But nothing like how it was before."
Moss said his hope is he’ll rest the injury today and Monday and play Tuesday. He hasn’t tested the calf running, so that’ll be one box to check before he returns.
* Coco Crisp is back in the lineup today after entering Saturday night’s game for Reddick in the seventh inning. As Melvin pointed out this morning, Crisp’s presence in the game, as it often does, seemed to spark the A’s. 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 A’s totaled 11 unanswered runs in the win.