After a road trip filled with offensive futility, the Oakland A's shook up their 25-man roster, sending down rookies Chris Carter and Jeff Larish and bringing back veteran outfielders Travis Buck and Conor Jackson. Jackson returns from a DL stint thanks to a balky hamstring.
Carter and Larish return to Sacramento after just a week with the team. Carter appeared in every game during the A's 1-5 roadtrip, but the top prospect struggled, going 0-for-19. Larish appeared in only one game and went 0-for-3.
The A's are hopeful that Jackson and Buck can revive a dead offense that was nearly no-hit on Sunday by a pitcher who had missed his previous start with elbow tendinitis. Jackson has been on the DL since before the All-Star break. He has been rehabbing in the minor league for the past two weeks and was 2-for-22 with a double in short stints with the Rookie League A's, the High-A Stockton Ports and, most recently, Sacramento. He is batting .245 with a 661 OPS in 56 major league games this season. The A's acquired Jackson earlier this year for reliever Sam Demel.
Buck began the year on the A's 25-man roster, but he landed on the DL with a strained oblique in late April. After a long absence, Buck began his rehab in the Arizona Rookie League in June. He then joined the River Cats and was optioned to Sacramento on July 30. Since that time, Buck has been one of the River Cats' hottest hitters. In 13 August games, he is batting .407 with six doubles, one triple and one homerun. In 11 major league games this season, Buck is hitting .219 with one homer.