This isn't quite the "Great Roster Shakeup" of 2002, but the Oakland A's roster has a much different look to it today than it did before the current road trip began.
As always seems to be the case with the A's, the disabled list played a major part in the recent set of moves.
When all was said and done though, the A's have a new third baseman, a new utility infielder, a new second baseman (at least temporarily) and are most likely going to see a different starting pitcher inserted into the rotation.
It's hard to keep track of just how many roster moves will have actually been made by tomorrow's game, but so far I have the current count at nine potential moves:
- Andy LaRoche designated for assignment
- Fautino De Los Santos optioned to Triple-A
- Kevin Kouzmanoff optioned to Triple-A
- Adam Rosales recalled from Sacramento
- Scott Sizemore recalled from Sacramento
- Jemile Weeks called-up from Sacramento
- Mark Ellis placed on disabled list (presumably)
- Brett Anderson placed on disabled list (presumably)
- Starting pitcher recalled from Sacramento (presumably to replace Brett Anderson, most likely Bobby Cramer)
You can see how easy it is to lose track.
It's equally as tough to decide which is the biggest story of the day.
Jemile Weeks Called Up To Replace the Injured Mark Ellis
When Mark Ellis left Monday night's game with a hamstring injury, the immediate question became which A's minor leaguer would make their Major League debut, Adrian Cardenas or Jemile Weeks?
CSNBayArea.com's Mychael Urban reported late Monday night that the A's have made the decision to promote Jemile Weeks to fill in for the injured Ellis.
Weeks had been batting .331 with three homers and 21 RBI for Sacramento.
He is widely considered the heir to Mark Ellis at second base. Ellis' contract expires at the end of this season.
The bigger question becomes, what do the A's do with Ellis when he returns from the DL if Weeks sparks some life into the stagnant A's offense?
Adam Rosales and Scott Sizemore Called Up From Sacramento, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Fautino De Los Santos Optioned to Triple-A
Were it not for the Ellis injury and Weeks promotion, this would have been the story of the day.
The Adam Rosales promotion was expected, as was the demotion of Fautino De Los Santos. Rosales had proven that he was fully recovered, and he is a more valuable utility player than Andy LaRoche.
The A's cleared a roster spot for Rosales when they designated LaRoche for assignment over the weekend.
Rosales stepped right into the A's lineup, played third base and went 1-4 with a two-run homer (the A's only two runs of the game).
Scott Sizemore will become the team's utility player for the time being.
The more surprising move was the decision to use Kevin Kouzmanoff's remaining minor league option and ship the six-year veteran to Sacramento.
Nobody was more shocked by the decision than Kouzmanoff himself:
"As everybody well knows, I started off slow on both sides of the ball. I was unsatisfied with my play so far this season. I got the news that I'm going down, and all I can do is just go down and get my reps in and keep working and try to work my way back."
The move should satisfy, at least temporarily, a disgruntled fanbase that has grown weary of Kouzmanoff's lack of production, both offensively and defensively, this season.
Brett Anderson Returns to the Bay Area to Have His Left Elbow Examined, Tommy John Surgery May Be Necessary
The only reason this doesn't qualify as the top A's story of the day is because at this point we don't know Anderson's diagnosis.
Anderson left the team Monday afternoon though to return to the Bay Area for team doctor's to examine his left (throwing) elbow.
He had experienced a drop in his velocity, his breaking pitches had lost their bite and appeared flat, and he had been pitching through discomfort his past two starts.
There was concern last season that Anderson may require Tommy John surgery. Ultimately, his elbow was not found to have any structural damage and he returned to the A's and pitched well (despite two trips to the disabled list).
Anderson, as reported by multiple sources, believes that Tommy John surgery may be "imminent."
If he misses any time, it is likely that the A's will recall Bobby Cramer to fill his spot in the rotation, at least until Brandon McCarthy or Tyson Ross return from the disabled list.
The A's should have an update on Anderson's status some time Tuesday, so expect a follow-up at some point here as well (it will be hard to top that as the top story, unless the A's plan to make another flurry of moves tomorrow as well).
Lost in the shuffle of all the day's roster moves, the A's lost their seventh straight game, 4-2 to the Baltimore Orioles. The team is now 27-34, seven games under .500, and seven games out of first place.
Intentional or not, a roster shake up was in order.
Let's hope it sparks some much needed life into this team before things spiral any further out of control.