Aliotti Named Texas League Player of the Week
Aliotti hit .350 for Midland in 2013.
First baseman Anthony Aliotti got off to a slow start this season with Triple-A Sacramento. A return to the Texas League has revived his bat. Aliotti earned Player of the Week honors for the week of May 5-11 after hitting .440 with two homers and seven RBI in seven games. All told, Aliotti has a .333/.471/.537 line in 16 games for Midland this season. He hit .159/.288/.227 in 14 games with Sacramento.
With Max Muncy on the DL (fractured finger), Aliotti figures to get the bulk of the playing time at first base for Midland in the near-term.
The RockHounds are two games out of first in the Texas League's South division and take on division-leading Frisco in a four-game set starting on Monday.
Snappers' Roster Changes
Wahl returned from a strained oblique.
Tyler Vail was sent to Low-A Beloit after finishing his rehab from a forearm strain suffered this spring. Bobby Wahl activated off of the Beloit DL after recovering from an oblique injury. Lee Sosa and Trevor Bayless were sent back to extended spring training to make room for Wahl and Vail on the Snappers' roster.
Wahl and Vail both appeared for the Snappers in their 6-1 win over Kane County on Monday. Wahl started the game and tossed three innings before departing. He allowed just a run on two hits with no walks and two strike-outs. Wahl recorded five outs on the ground and one in the air. According to Beloit Daily News reporter Josh Flickinger, Wahl departed after the three innings as a precaution because of the wet weather (it was raining off and on during the game) and could have gone longer under normal field conditions.
Lefty Brent Powers took over for Wahl and tossed four perfect innings to earn the win. He struck-out one. Vail was set to replace Powers in the eighth, but before throwing his first pitch, Vail left the game with numbness in the fingers in his throwing hand. According to Flickinger, the issue isn't related to the injury he suffered during spring training and Vail will have an MRI.
Atherton, Lipkin Return
Lipkin started the year with Midland.
On Sunday, right-hander Tim Atherton was activated off of the Stockton DL. He pitched two innings in his return on Sunday and allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks. He struck-out two. The Ports won the game, 12-8. Atherton took the spot of right-hander Matt Buschmann on the Ports' roster. Buschmman earned a promotion back to Triple-A Sacramento (where he started the season) after he threw six hitless innings in his second start with Stockton, which came on Friday.
Also on Sunday catcher Ryan Lipkin was added to the Ports' roster from extended spring training, where he was rehabbing a knee injury. Ryan Gorton sent back to extended spring training. Lipkin debuted on Sunday with the Ports and went 1-for-5. He previously appeared in one game for Double-A Midland in early April before landing on the DL with the knee injury.
The win on Sunday was the Ports' fifth in a row. They are now an even 19-19 on the season and within seven games of first-place Bakersfield in the Cal League's Northern Division.
Parrino Red-Hot for River Cats
Parrino looks comfortable back with the A's organization.
All Andy Parrino's season needed was a return to the A's organization, it seems. Mired in an early-season slump with Triple-A Round Rock in the Texas Rangers' organization, Parrino has been riding a hot streak since re-joining the A's and the Sacramento River Cats.
In 18 games played since he was claimed off waivers by the A's, Parrino has a .377/.463/.420 line in 69 at-bats. On Sunday, Parrino extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest such streak by any River Cats' hitter this season. Parrino has also continued to play outstanding defense. A switch-hitter, Parrino is positioning himself to be the A's first option should a middle infielder go down to injury at the major-league level.
Vogt Returns To Sacramento
After nearly five weeks, Stephen Vogt is back on the active Sacramento River Cats' roster. Vogt returns to the River Cats for the first time since injuring his oblique on April 8. He was five-for-20 at the time of the injury. Vogt hit .324 for the River Cats last season and was the A's regular catcher down-the-stretch in 2013.