Chavez Back; Thomas DLd; Fiorentino DFAd

The Oakland A's have welcomed back third baseman Eric Chavez from the disabled list. The 11 year A's veteran will be making his 2008 A's debut on Thursday in Oakland as the team's DH. Frank Thomas has been placed on the 15-day DL with a leg injury, while Jeff Fiorentino has been designated for assignment.

Eric Chavez rejoins the Oakland A's roster on Thursday after batting .367 with two homers in nine games for Triple-A Sacramento in a rehab assignment. Chavez has been on the DL for the A's for the entire season after undergoing three surgeries (two on his shoulder and one on his back) during the off-season. Chavez hit a homer in his last game with Sacramento and played all nine innings at third base.

To make room for Chavez on the A's 25-man roster, Oakland has placed DH Frank Thomas on the 15-day DL with a sore quad. Thomas has hit .319 with four homeruns and 16 RBIs in 28 games with Oakland since joining the team in late April. He last played in a game on Tuesday.

The A's have now used the disabled list 12 times this year after tying an Oakland record by placing 22 players on the DL in 2007.

The A's also had to make room for Chavez on their 40-man roster, as Chavez had been on the 60-day disabled list. To make room for Chavez, outfielder Jeff Fiorentino was designated for assignment. This is the third time that Fiorentino has been waived since January. He was waived by the Orioles in early January and by the Reds later in that month before being claimed by the A's. He was on the A's active roster in Japan and had an RBI hit in his only at-bat during the series against the Red Sox.

Fiorentino was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento at the start of the US-portion of the A's schedule. However, he was injured during the season's first week when he was struck in the face by a errant throw to first. He just returned recently to the active roster and was hitting .273 in eight games for the River Cats.

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