Just before the Oakland A's were set to take on the American League's best team in Tampa, the A's made a series of moves to shore up an increasingly unhealthy roster. The A's placed left-hander Brett Anderson on the disabled list with a forearm strain. His DL stint is retroactive to April 25. Oakland also sent reliever Edwar Ramirez to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled catcher Landon Powell and infielder Steven Tolleson. Tolleson will be making his major league debut.
Anderson heads to the DL for the first time in his major league career, a little more than a week after he signed a four-year extension with Oakland. The left-hander left his last start, which came on Saturday, after only 80 pitches with what was described at the time as a sore elbow but is now being called a forearm strain.
Anderson didn't believe the injury was serious on Saturday, so it is possible that he will only miss a couple of starts. The A's had an off-day on Monday, and they won't need a fifth starter this week. River Cats' starters Trevor Cahill, Vince Mazzaro and Clayton Mortensen will be the leading candidates to fill in for Anderson once the A's need a fifth starter. Reliever Chad Gaudin could also be called on to make a spot start if Anderson needs to miss only two starts. Anderson has been brilliant this season. In four starts, he has a 2.35 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.
Ramirez was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento after making six appearances for the A's. He had a 4.50 ERA and eight walks in 10 innings. Ramirez did strike-out nine. The A's had an extra reliever because left-hander Jerry Blevins was cleared for active duty after missing the weekend with back spasms. The A's chose to send down Ramirez and keep left-hander Brad Kilby, who was called up late last week. Kilby has allowed only one hit and has struck-out three in 2.1 innings with the A's thus far.
Oakland recalled catcher Landon Powell from Sacramento for the second time in a week. He was recalled on April 21 when Mark Ellis was placed on the DL, but he was sent down to Sacramento on April 23 without appearing in a game. Powell will get to play this time around. He is in the A's starting line-up for the game in Tampa on Tuesday, taking the place of catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is still battling a sore side.
Powell is starting at catcher rather than Jake Fox, who has acted as the A's number two catcher this season, because Fox will be filling in for Daric Barton at first base. Barton suffered a fractured finger on his right hand on Sunday. It isn't clear how long he will be out. Update: Barton was cleared to play after taking batting practice and is in the A's line-up on Tuesday.
Giving the A's more infield depth will be Tolleson, who has gotten his first big league call-up. Tolleson was red-hot for Triple-A Sacramento. In 16 games, he was batting .333 with a 939 OPS. He has a homer and eight RBIs. Tolleson was a waiver wire acquisition by Oakland this off-season. He had spent his career with the Minnesota Twins up to this point. We published a profile of Tolleson in February. To read the profile, click here.
The A's currently have eight players on the disabled list.