Powell Returns As Ellis Lands On The DL

Powell should resume his role as the back-up C.

After re-injuring his hamstring a few innings into his return, Mark Ellis is headed to the disabled list. Ellis, who missed seven days with his original hamstring injury, will now have to sit out at least 15 more days. To replace Ellis on the A's 25-man roster, the team has recalled catcher Landon Powell from Sacramento.

Landon Powell was a surprise late cut from the A's roster during spring training, as Oakland originally went with utilityman Jake Fox as the back-up catcher. However, with the return of Powell and the absence of Mark Ellis, the composition of the A's bench changes dramatically.

It is assumed that Powell will regain his role as the primary back-up to catcher Kurt Suzuki, a role Powell filled admirably last season. With Powell as the back-up catcher, Fox will be freed to serve as a back-up third-baseman, first-baseman, outfielder and DH, a role it was assumed he would fill when he was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December.

With Adam Rosales taking on the everyday second base job in Ellis' stead, Eric Patterson will move from being an occasional starter in left and late-game pinch-runner to the primary back-up second baseman. Rosales will be the A's back-up shortstop should starter Cliff Pennington be injured and Eric Chavez will be the team's emergency back-up at all infield positions, a role he prepped for this spring.

Powell's arrival in Oakland leaves the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats without a back-up catcher, a situation that will likely be rectified with the promotion of Anthony Recker from Double-A Midland. Recker was originally slated to start the season with Sacramento before Powell's demotion to Triple-A pushed Recker back to Double-A. In six games with Sacramento, Powell was batting .217 with a 715 OPS. Recker, in 11 games with Midland, is batting .211 with a 677 OPS. If Recker is promoted to Sacramento, Yusuf Carter will take over the Rockhounds' everyday catching duties.

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