The Athletics got a bit healthier on Friday, activating first baseman Ike Davis and reliever Edward Mujica from the disabled list. To make room on the roster, right-hander Arnold Leon was optioned to Triple-A Nashville and infielder Andy Parrino was designated for assignment.
Davis went on the DL in mid-May with a strained left quad. He was hitting well, carrying a .282/.348/.427 triple-slash line with two home runs and 11 RBI in 115 plate appearances prior to the injury.
Mujica appeared in only five games for the Athletics after coming over from the Red Sox in a May 9 trade. He held the opposition scoreless in 5 1/3 innings before landing on the DL with a fractured right thumb.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw took an Andy Parrino soft line drive to the lower left side of his face in the third inning of Friday afternoon’s Cactus League match-up with the Athletics. There was a runner on first with one out in the bottom of the third inning.
Kershaw was tended to by the team trainer and stayed in the game. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw lost part of a tooth but was otherwise fine. It was a scary moment for Dodgers fans and baseball fans in general.
Kershaw went five innings, allowing one run on three hits while walking none and striking out four. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported that Kershaw threw additional pitches in the bullpen after he was taken out.
Through 13 1/3 spring innings, Kershaw has allowed three runs (2.03 ERA) on 10 hits with a 12/4 K/BB ratio.
After missing last season following left knee surgery Scott Sizemore came back to be the A’s starting second baseman, but now he’s back on the disabled list with more knee problems.
Sizemore sprained his left knee unsuccessfully chasing after a pop up Tuesday night and limped off the field.
Oakland called up utility man Andy Parrino from Triple-A to take Sizemore’s spot on the roster, but Eric Sogard is expected to see most of the action at second base.
The A’s made their final round of roster moves on Saturday night, optioning lefty Pedro Figueroa and infielder Andy Parrino to Triple-A Sacramento and placing new shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Nakajima suffered the strain Tuesday in the 10th inning of a Cactus League game against the Indians. He wound up batting .167/.286/.190 with one extra-base hit (a double) in 49 spring plate appearances.
The A’s will use Jed Lowrie as their primary shortstop in the early going this season.
Nakajima, 30, signed a two-year, $6.5 million free agent contract with Oakland in December.
This is not a major trade, but you don’t have to look too far down the old blog board today to note that not a ton of baseball stuff is happening. Anyway: The San Diego Padres acquired pitcher Tyson Ross and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones from the Athletics. Heading to Oakland: lefty Andrew Werner and infielder Andy Parrino.
Ross was injured and ineffective in 2012, posting a 6.50 ERA over 73 and a third innings. He’ll probably be a swingman in San Diego, but whatever he does, there is no better place for a pitcher to try to reestablish himself than Petco Park. At least that was the case before they moved the right field fence in, so we’ll see how that goes next year.
Kirby-Jones is a 24 year-old prospect who hasn’t played above A-ball. Wener is a swingman. Parrino is a utility guy at best. But it’s something.