Minor league pitchers can finally take a deep breadth. Coco "Babe" Crisp has re-joined the Oakland A's active roster.
In two separate injury rehab assignments, Crisp pounded minor league pitching, collecting 18 hits in 28 at-bats. Five of those hits went for extra-bases. Over his last three games with the Sacramento River Cats, Crisp went 10-for-14 with four runs scored, two doubles, a walk and five RBIs.
Crisp's return to the A's active roster meant that Oakland had to designate utilityman Eric Patterson for assignment. Patterson was the second player designated for assignment by the A's over the last nine days. Jake Fox was designated for assignment a week ago last Sunday. Fox was then traded by the A's on Tuesday to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league reliever Ross Wolf.
The writing was on the wall for Patterson that his time on the A's roster was coming to an end. He hadn't started a game since June 11 and had collected only four at-bats since that time. Patterson was batting .204 with four homers and 31 strike-outs in 103 at-bats. He also had stolen six bases.
Fox hit only .214 with two homers and 26 strike-outs in 98 at-bats with the A's this season. He had been acquired during the off-season for Jeff Gray, Matt Spencer and Ronny Morla. Fox joins the Orioles active roster.
Wolf was an 18th round pick in the 2002 draft by the Florida Marlins. He made his major league debut with Florida in 2007 when he made 14 relief appearances, allowing 16 runs in 12.1 innings. Wolf joined the Orioles last season and had a 3.95 ERA in 82 innings of relief for Triple-A Norfolk. At the time he was traded to Oakland, Wolf had a 2.11 ERA in 38.1 innings in relief for Norfolk. He was assigned by the A's to Triple-A Sacramento.
Crisp's return to the A's will create some interesting playing time issues for the A's outfielders. Manager Bob Geren will have to balance the outfield and DH playing time between Crisp, Rajai Davis, Ryan Sweeney, Conor Jackson and Jack Cust. Jackson may see the occasional start at first base, as well as left field.
The A's take on the Cincinnati Reds at the Coliseum tonight at 7:05pm PST. The A's are 8.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West and desperate to make a push in the playoff race.