With Gregorio Petit and Eric Patterson being promoted to the major leagues this week, the Sacramento…
Oakland A's Notes: Walking Wounded
Eric Chavez had improved to the point where the A's had him scheduled to play third base Thursday, which would have been his first appearance in six days. But Chavez was a late scratch with what the team described as a right forearm strain, and he is a strong possibility for the disabled list.
Chavez's most recent arm problems apparently involve both his elbow and his forearm. He had left the clubhouse Thursday before the end of the game, so it was not possible to clarify with him the exact nature of the latest problem.
On Wednesday, the A's had planned to have Chavez play first base because he wasn't ready to play third yet. What would have been Chavez's first big-league start at first was rained out. Manager Bob Geren then said Thursday morning that Chavez's arm was feeling good enough to play third.
In addition, closer Brad Ziegler was unavailable, out because of an illness.
Jason Giambi, who didn't start because of hamstring strains, pinch-hit in the seventh and lined out. Geren said that Giambi is probable to start at first base in Seattle on Friday.
A'S 4, RANGERS 2: Matt Holliday hit his first home run in an Oakland uniform (he hadn't gone deep during the spring, either) and snapped a 25-game homerless streak overall. Ryan Sweeney's leaping catch, going over the wall to rob Ian Kinsler of a potential three-run homer in the eighth inning, saved the game for the A's.
Minor League Roster Changes
As expected, there was some roster movement on Thursday in the A's system, and more is likely to come if Chavez lands on the DL. Infielder Yung-Chi Chen was promoted from Double-A Midland to Triple-A Sacramento to replace Eric Patterson. Chen, who was acquired off of waivers by the A's this off-season, was batting .324 for Midland before the promotion. He had a hit in three at-bats in the River Cats' loss to Colorado Springs on Thursday.
Catcher Joel Galarraga also joined the River Cats' roster. He came from extended spring training, where he had been working out while he was awaiting approval of his work visa. Galarraga was acquired out of the Mexican League this off-season and he was a non-roster invite to major league spring training. He had two hits in four at-bats in his American baseball regular season debut.
With Galaragga joining Sacramento, catcher Anthony Recker, who had started the majority of the games for Sacramento this season, was sent down to Double-A Midland. He was batting .156 with two homers in 45 at-bats at Triple-A. He had two hits and a walk as the DH in his Midland debut on Thursday. Infielder Mike Affronti replaced Chen on the Midland roster on Thursday. Affronti was batting .220 in 14 games with a homer for High-A Stockton at the time of the promotion.
--2B Eric Patterson singled in the seventh inning in his 2009 major league debut.
--RHP Brad Ziegler wasn't available on Thursday, and he was allowed to arrive late to the park because of what was described as a "non-baseball-related activity." He was believed to have missed the game with an illness. Michael Wuertz worked the ninth inning with the A's up three runs and although he was hit hard, he came away with the save, his second as a major leaguer. Wuertz was helped by his defense. Orlando Cabrera made a leaping catch to record the first out and Matt Holliday threw out Michael Young when Young inexplicably decided to try to stretch a double into a triple with his team down by three. That would come back to hurt the Rangers, as Andruw Jones followed Young's at-bat with a solo homerun.
--LHP Brett Anderson's next start has been pushed back from Sunday to Monday because of Wednesday night's rainout. That will give the rookie more time to recover from a blistered left index finger, which knocked him out of Tuesday night's game in the sixth inning. Anderson told reporters Wednesday that the extra day should be plenty to allow him to be ready to start Monday.
-- RHP Andrew Bailey recovered from a rough outing on Tuesday to toss two scoreless frames in the A's win on Thursday. Bailey has a 1.15 ERA and 18 strike-outs in 15.2 innings this season. He has been worked hard since making the A's. At his current pace, Bailey would appear in 81 games and throw 110 innings. Bailey's career-high in innings pitched is 125, which came in 2007 when he was a starting pitcher. Last season, Bailey split the year between the rotation and the bullpen at Double-A Midland and he threw 110.1 innings over 37 appearances.
-- C Kurt Suzuki currently ranks 18th in the league in batting with a .343 average. He has an 855 OPS in 67 at-bats. He is the only A's regular with an OPS above 800 at the moment (Jack Cust is at 799).
-- The Stockton Ports earned their fifth win of the season, this one coming in walk-off style on Thursday night, as catcher Dante Love singled home outfielder Toddric Johnson to complete a stirring comeback. Down 3-2 in the ninth, the Ports tied the game on a Matt Spencer homerun and then won it when Johnson scored on Love's infield hit. Spencer leads the A's organization with seven homeruns. He also has 22 RBIs and a 916 OPS. Spencer homered twice on Thursday and he has three in his last two games.
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