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Chapman goes on DL; A's call up Barreto

Third baseman has battled hand injury since spring; Lowrie to cover hot corner
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OAKLAND -- The A's will be without third baseman Matt Chapman indefinitely, forcing a shift in their infield alignment.

Veteran Jed Lowrie, the everyday man at second base, has been asked to pick up coverage at third, allowing infield prospect Franklin Barreto -- recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday -- to clock time at second.

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OAKLAND -- The A's will be without third baseman Matt Chapman indefinitely, forcing a shift in their infield alignment.

Veteran Jed Lowrie, the everyday man at second base, has been asked to pick up coverage at third, allowing infield prospect Franklin Barreto -- recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday -- to clock time at second.

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A's manager Bob Melvin said Lowrie was immediately on board with the idea.

"I'll tell you what, for a guy that has a chance to make an All-Star team this year, when I brought it up to him, he was, 'Let's do it,'" Melvin said. "He's doing the best he can for his team, and it's really admirable. No questions, just, 'Whatever you need me to do,' and we appreciate that.

"For a guy that has the versatility and has played the position before, it helps us out, but for him to be up for it from the second we talked about it, is really appreciated by the team and the staff."

Lowrie played three innings at third last fall following a Chapman ejection, but Saturday marked his first start at the position since 2015, when he played the corner regularly for the Astros.

"I haven't done the reps, so just try to acclimate as quickly as possible," Lowrie said. "When you take ground balls every day at one position, your body is used to it. You're using the same muscle group every day. It's just different."

Chapman was added to the disabled list Saturday with a right thumb contusion and is scheduled for an exam with hand surgeon Dr. Steven Shin in Los Angeles on Monday. That didn't stop Chapman from taking ground balls Saturday morning. The tireless infielder, who had played in each of the club's first 69 games before sitting out Friday, was hitting .368 in June.

Chapman saw Shin in November and again in Spring Training for the same issue. He received a cortisone shot in February and could potentially get another to alleviate the discomfort.

This is Barreto's third stint with the big league club this season, but the first that could provide an extended opportunity. He was hitless in six at-bats in five games over his previous two tours with the A's. He is the A's No. 3 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

"This has been one of our top prospects for years now, and he's still only 22 years old," Melvin said. "The times he's been here, he hasn't gotten the opportunity to play almost every day, so this will be a nice opportunity for him, and I'd like to see him get off to a good start, because he's a very talented player."

Right-hander Josh Lucas joined Barreto from Triple-A Nashville ahead of the A's matchup with the Angels, as righty Carlos Ramirez was optioned.

Worth noting

Right-hander Brett Anderson (shoulder) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session Saturday morning and could be nearing a Minor League rehab assignment, Melvin said.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Two-sport star Murray comes to terms with A's

First-round Draft pick plans to play one season at QB for Oklahoma
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OAKLAND -- The reasonable hesitation that accompanied thoughts of selecting a two-sport athlete surely infiltrated the A's Draft room. Billy Beane sensed it.

"Everyone was sort of dancing around the obvious," Oakland's vice president of baseball operations said. "I knew who they really wanted, but they were fearful of sort of dealing with the whole football issue."

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OAKLAND -- The reasonable hesitation that accompanied thoughts of selecting a two-sport athlete surely infiltrated the A's Draft room. Billy Beane sensed it.

"Everyone was sort of dancing around the obvious," Oakland's vice president of baseball operations said. "I knew who they really wanted, but they were fearful of sort of dealing with the whole football issue."

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The talent at stake: Oklahoma Sooner standout Kyler Murray. The risk at stake: Murray wished to succeed Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at quarterback in the fall before resuming baseball.

Video: LAA@OAK: Murray on signing with A's, playing football

The novelty of it all scared off other teams, agent Scott Boras said. The A's, though, were enamored with his athleticism.

"And probably about 36 hours before the Draft, I was talking to David [Forst]," Beane said, "and I said, 'We should take Kyler Murray; that's who everyone wants to take.'

"Everyone kind of looked at me as if [asking], 'Is that OK?' And I said, 'Yeah, we're going to do it. If it's the best player, we're going to take him.' I think it really energized everyone. No one really wanted to mention the whole football thing and I said, 'Hey, listen guys. In January, we're going to be really excited that this kid is playing for the Oakland A's. We're going to be hitting ourselves in January if we haven't taken this kid.' That's when we called Scott, and it happened pretty quickly."

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Beane and the A's officially agreed to terms with Murray's camp on Friday to a deal that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus, per MLB.com's Jim Callis -- slightly under slot value for the No. 9 selection, which is $4,761,500.

The A's hosted Murray and several members of his family at the Coliseum on Friday, including his father, Kevin Murray, a former Texas A&M quarterback and Brewers farmhand; and his uncle, Calvin Murray, a two-time first-rounder and five-year Major Leaguer.

Boras, whose clientele includes A's third baseman Matt Chapman, was also on hand to introduce Murray. The speedy outfielder, donned in green and gold, took batting practice with the big league squad, exchanging pleasantries with the likes of manager Bob Melvin and slugger Khris Davis.

"A little surreal, obviously, getting to play a professional sport, whichever one it was, but it's been a great day, and I'm just thankful and blessed," Murray said. "I can't put it into words, but I'm just thankful."

"I can say this with a tremendous amount of pride," Beane said. "This is one of the most dynamic athletes that we've selected since I've been here. People ask me, 'Who does he remind you of?' I'm not sure I can really come up with anyone, and I don't want to put any pressure on him, but he's a phenomenal athlete."

Murray, posed the same question, didn't hesitate.

"The big one is Rickey Henderson," he said. "I've watched a lot of his film. Great player, great legend, obviously, but I'm pretty confident in my own skills."

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"If that's the comp people are talking about," Melvin said, smiling, "we're OK with that."

Murray, 20, will play one more year of football at Oklahoma, before reporting to Arizona next spring to begin his professional baseball career.

"This guy is fun to watch play football," Beane said. "I'm looking forward to it, I'm not fearing it, mainly because I think the athletic ability is going to be fun to watch and he's going to be fine.

"He's really fun to watch on a football field, and he's going to be fun to watch on a baseball field. It's neat that he gets to do both, and that the country gets to see both, but we're going to get the best years, and he's going to have a great baseball career."

Said Melvin: "We have a little vested interest in watching Oklahoma football this year -- with our eyes closed and our ears plugged."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Source: A's, Murray nearing $5 million bonus

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The A's and their first-round selection in this year's Draft, Kyler Murray, are nearing a deal that would guarantee the 20-year-old center fielder nearly $5 million as a signing bonus and would allow him to play football for one more season at the University of Oklahoma, a source told MLB.com. The ninth overall pick comes with a slot value of $4,761,500.

Murray hit .296 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 51 games for Oklahoma following a productive Cape Cod League stint last summer. He transferred to Oklahoma following his freshman season at Texas A&M, and after sitting out the 2016 season, backed up Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield -- the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft -- last fall. Murray completed 18 of 21 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

The A's and their first-round selection in this year's Draft, Kyler Murray, are nearing a deal that would guarantee the 20-year-old center fielder nearly $5 million as a signing bonus and would allow him to play football for one more season at the University of Oklahoma, a source told MLB.com. The ninth overall pick comes with a slot value of $4,761,500.

Murray hit .296 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 51 games for Oklahoma following a productive Cape Cod League stint last summer. He transferred to Oklahoma following his freshman season at Texas A&M, and after sitting out the 2016 season, backed up Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield -- the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft -- last fall. Murray completed 18 of 21 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

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"I think, as a staff, we just felt like Kyler was a unique talent, and it's something that you come across rarely in what we do," A's scouting director Eric Kubota said following the selection on Monday. "The risk of the football was, in our opinion, outweighed by the upside on the baseball field.

"We were totally on board with his desire to play quarterback at Oklahoma. Frankly, we're kind of excited to be an Oklahoma fan for 12 games."

Murray is the son of former Texas A&M quarterback and Brewers farmhand Kevin Murray and the nephew of former MLB outfielder Calvin Murray.

The Murray selection is somewhat reminiscent of the Cubs' selection of two-sport athlete Jeff Samardzija in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft. Samardzija, now a right-handed pitcher for the Giants, played both baseball and football at Notre Dame, playing wide receiver for the Irish. Another similar selection recently came in 2011, when the Reds picked left-hander Amir Garrett in the 22nd round, signing him while also allowing him to play college basketball at St. John's.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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Younger Piscotty drafted by Athletics

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OAKLAND -- Another Piscotty is joining the A's organization.

The A's selected Austin Piscotty, the younger brother of right fielder Stephen Piscotty, out of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., in the 38th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday.

OAKLAND -- Another Piscotty is joining the A's organization.

The A's selected Austin Piscotty, the younger brother of right fielder Stephen Piscotty, out of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., in the 38th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday.

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Eric Kubota, the A's scouting director, said the younger Piscotty is a "good baseball player" and has a chance to play pro baseball.

"Blood lines mean a lot to us as well," Kubota said.

Austin, 22, appeared in 135 games over four seasons at Saint Mary's, primarily as a shortstop. He attended Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif., where he earned All-East Bay Athletic League honors.

Stephen Piscotty was traded to the A's from the Cardinals prior to this season. The Piscotty family is from the Bay Area, and they recently received an outpouring of support after Gretchen Piscotty, Stephen and Austin's mother, passed away in May following a year-long battle with ALS.

"I talked to him a little bit earlier today before he got drafted, and it sounded like there was a chance that he could go," Piscotty said. "I was just super pumped for him. I was following the Draft tracker while I was here, and sure enough, he went to the A's, and it was awesome. I congratulated him. He's honored and very excited. ... He's got a lot of talent. I'm just really proud of him and excited for him, to be in the same organization, that's really cool."

"It's such a sad story," Kubota said. "To bring a little ray of sunshine during this time is great."

Eric He is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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A's take two-sport star Kyler Murray 9th overall

Loaded with tools, outfielder also plays football for Sooners
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OAKLAND -- The A's risked their ninth overall Draft selection on a potential star quarterback.

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OAKLAND -- The A's risked their ninth overall Draft selection on a potential star quarterback.

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Kyler Murray, a two-sport athlete at the University of Oklahoma, went to them in the first round on Monday. The center fielder will play football in the fall before beginning his professional baseball career.

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"I think, as a staff, we just felt like Kyler was a unique talent, and it's something that you come across rarely in what we do," A's scouting director Eric Kubota said. "The risk of the football was, in our opinion, outweighed by the upside on the baseball field.

"We were totally on board with his desire to play quarterback at Oklahoma. Frankly, we're kind of excited to be an Oklahoma fan for 12 games."

Oakland reeled in another college outfielder with its No. 50 pick, going with Dallas Baptist's Jameson Hannah -- equipped with speed and power potential -- in the second round. At No. 70, the A's took Missouri State shortstop Jeremy Eierman to cap their day.

Murray, 20, also drew first-round interest out of high school but opted out of the process because of his desire to play baseball and football at Texas A&M. He transferred to Oklahoma following his freshman season and subsequently had to sit out 2016 before backing up Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield -- the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft -- last fall and completing 18 of 21 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

On the diamond, he hit .296 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 51 games for the Sooners following a productive stay in the Cape Cod Summer League. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Murray won't be in a baseball uniform again until Spring Training.

"Obviously, we'd love for him to have as many at-bats as possible, especially since he hasn't played as much since high school," Kubota said. "But we feel he's remarkably advanced considering the situation.

Video: Draft 2018: A's draft CF Jameson Hannah No. 50

"He was a talent we identified pretty early in the process this spring. It was just getting over the fact that it was unconventional. This isn't something you run across all the time, so I think we all factored the football into our evaluations while we were going through the process."

The son of former Texas A&M quarterback and Brewers farmhand Kevin Murray and the nephew of two-time first-rounder and five-year Major Leaguer Calvin Murray, Kyler embraces the challenge of balancing two sports at such a high level of competition and clings to his mental strength, noting, "Athletic ability only gets you so far, so for me it has to be the work ethic and the mindset."

"A little difficult on the body, but I've been doing both my whole life, since I was 4 years old," he said. "I do a pretty good job of staying cool, calm and collected when I'm going from football practice to baseball games and vice versa. For me, I'm just grateful to play both at this level and obviously excited to be drafted, very thankful. Tonight being drafted is a very great moment for me."

Video: Draft 2018: Jackson on Murray as a two-sport athlete

The uncertainty about the direction of Kyler's future led him to be low on many pre-Draft boards, with MLB Pipeline ranking him No. 36. But the A's were immediately drawn to his athleticism.

"We just don't see athletes like this on the baseball field very often." Kubota said. "He's a very instinctive baseball player, which is especially impressive considering how little baseball he's played since high school. He's just a tremendous athlete, which can translate to the baseball field in a lot of ways. He has a chance to really be dominant on both the offensive end and from a defensive standpoint."

Video: Draft 2018: A's draft SS Jeremy Eierman No. 70

Said Murray: "I'm a very confident guy no matter what it is I'm doing. First off, I feel like with the reps and the time put in I feel like I can do anything in the field. That's easier said than done, but I'm a very confident guy and with the time and the reps I feel like I can do anything."

The Draft continues today with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 9:30 a.m. PT, with exclusive coverage beginning at 10 a.m. PT.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Will A's stick with tradition for 9th overall pick?

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OAKLAND -- The A's have orchestrated a handful of trades in recent years that have netted them an abundance of promising young talent. Now they'll look to add to that collection when they pinpoint potential future stars in the MLB Draft.

The 2018 Draft will take place on today through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com today at 3 p.m. PT.

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OAKLAND -- The A's have orchestrated a handful of trades in recent years that have netted them an abundance of promising young talent. Now they'll look to add to that collection when they pinpoint potential future stars in the MLB Draft.

The 2018 Draft will take place on today through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com today at 3 p.m. PT.

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MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 9 a.m. PT.

:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the A's, whose first selection is the ninth overall pick.

In about 50 words

The A's have more homegrown talent populating their roster than ever before, a nod to the work clocked by the club's scouts in the last decade. They're responsible for Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Chad Pinder, among others, and will soon seek more gems in this year's Draft.

The scoop

This will be scouting director Eric Kubota's 17th year overseeing the A's efforts in the Draft. Last year, his team assembled a strong class that presented a mix of raw prep talent and collegiate players. They gambled on high-ceiling teenage outfielder Austin Beck with their first pick at No. 6 overall, and could again take a risk on a prep player this go-round.

Video: Draft Report: Matt Liberatore, High School pitcher

First-round buzz

MLB.com Draft experts say Oakland "looks destined to take a position player" -- though prep lefty Matthew Liberatore could change that. Callis has the A's taking South Alabama outfielder Travis Swaggerty in his latest mock draft. The athletic Swaggerty, he says, "has some of the best all-around tools" and could stick in center field.

Video: Draft Report: Travis Swaggerty, College outfielder

Money matters

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.

Any team going up to five percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75-percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75-percent tax, plus the loss of a first-round pick. A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100-percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100-percent tax plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.

The A's have been assigned a pool of $9,553,200, which ranks 10th in the Majors. The value assigned to Oakland's first-round pick is $4,761,500.

Shopping list

The mantra remains the same for essentially all clubs this time of year: take the best available player. Needs are always changing, so organizational holes aren't necessarily prioritized in the Draft -- particularly in the early stages.

Trend watch

The A's Draft selections have skewed heavily toward the collegiate ranks. Last year's haul included 32 college players, though Beck became just the fourth high school player selected by the A's with the top pick in the past 21 years.

Rising fast

The A's snagged Wright State University catcher Sean Murphy in the third round of the 2016 Draft and have since watched him swiftly move up the ranks. Murphy is swinging a hot bat with Double-A Midland and continuing to display plus defensive skills behind the plate. Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the A's No. 6 prospect, Murphy will likely land in Triple-A soon and could potentially be in consideration for a starting big league job as soon as 2019.

Cinderella story

Right-hander James Naile was a 20th-round selection of the A's in the 2012 Draft out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham and is now ranked by MLB Pipeline as the organization's No. 24 prospect. Naile has been superb for Triple-A Nashville and could very well earn a promotion this season to help an injury-ridden Oakland rotation.

In The Show

Nine members of the current 40-man roster were originally A's Draft selections: Trevor Cahill (2006, 2nd round), Chapman (2014, 1st round), Ryan Dull (2012, 32nd round), Daniel Gossett (2014, 2nd round), Bruce Maxwell (2012, 2nd round), Olson (2012, 1st round), Pinder (2013, 2nd round), Blake Treinen (2011, 7th round), Lou Trivino (2013, 11th round).

The A's recent top picks

2017: Austin Beck, OF (Class A Beloit)

2016: A.J. Puk, LHP (Injured)

2015: Richie Martin, SS (Double-A Midland)

2014: Chapman, 3B (Oakland A's)

2013: Billy McKinney, OF (Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre, New York Yankees)

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Davis placed on DL; prospect Barreto recalled

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OAKLAND -- The A's lost a wealth of power from their lineup after placing Khris Davis on the disabled list Wednesday.

However, the slugger's absence allowed infield prospect Franklin Barreto to rejoin the A's. Barreto, the club's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners and immediately inserted into the lineup.

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OAKLAND -- The A's lost a wealth of power from their lineup after placing Khris Davis on the disabled list Wednesday.

However, the slugger's absence allowed infield prospect Franklin Barreto to rejoin the A's. Barreto, the club's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners and immediately inserted into the lineup.

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Right-hander Daniel Gossett was also promoted from Nashville to start Wednesday, while reliever Wilmer Font was designated for assignment.

Davis, who is nursing a Grade 1 right groin strain, hopes to miss the minimum 10 days.

"I'm including yesterday as one of them," Davis said with a smile.

The move is retroactive to Monday, meaning the A's could have Davis back as soon as May 31. The slugger leads the club with 13 homers and 38 RBIs.

"I could probably come back before 10 days, but I think they just don't want me limping out there," Davis said. "They want me at full strength. It's tough, because I know at any moment it could flare up, anything could happen, so I just want to make sure I'm healthy."

"We want him to feel that way, but obviously, we're not going to bring him back until we feel like there aren't any implications once he's out on the field," manager Bob Melvin said. "These things can be a little bit delicate to come back from. I am encouraged by the way he's felt the last couple of days, but we don't want these things to drag on, so we're going to make sure he's as close to 100 percent healthy as he can be."

Melvin plans to share DH duties while Davis is out. Jed Lowrie took his turn Wednesday, while Barreto spelled him at second. Barreto, 22, will also soon be seen at shortstop when Marcus Semien leaves the team for the birth of his second child, which is due Saturday.

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Barreto's first stint with the A's this season spanned nine games in April, but didn't include an at-bat. He returned to Nashville and was hitting .235 with six home runs in 32 games at Triple-A.

"When you have a youngster like him here, you want to make sure you play him enough to give him a chance to have some success," Melvin said. "Last time he was here, he didn't play much at all, so it's good we're able to get him in the lineup right away."

Barreto's strikeout total is high -- 42 in 119 Triple-A at-bats -- but he's also collecting more walks this season, totaling 19 in 32 games after tallying just 27 in 111 games at Triple-A last year.

"I'm not really worried about the batting average," Barreto said through an interpreter. "I'm more worried about getting good turns at the plate, getting good swings on the ball and getting my base on balls.

"Every time I come up here, I try to do everything I can to help my team out."

Lucas to start Thursday
The A's have opted to start a reliever in Thursday's series finale against the Mariners. Right-hander Josh Lucas, who has made seven big league relief appearances, including two with the A's, will make his first career start.

Lucas threw 50 pitches in a 3 2/3-inning stint in relief of an injured Brett Anderson in Toronto on Sunday, and he won't be asked to throw more than that Thursday.

Video: OAK@TOR: Lucas fans 7 in 3 2/3 innings of relief

"Obviously, he's not going to be out there for 130 pitches," Melvin said. "It's going to be more about just starting the game and maybe getting once around the lineup. We don't want him to have to do too much as a reliever. We want to make sure we keep him healthy, but he'll start the game, and then we'll have to use quite a bit of the bullpen again."

Right-hander Kendall Graveman could not be recalled from Triple-A because he was optioned less than 10 days ago.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Davis placed on DL; prospect Barreto recalled

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OAKLAND -- The A's lost a wealth of power from their lineup after placing Khris Davis on the disabled list Wednesday.

However, the slugger's absence allowed infield prospect Franklin Barreto to rejoin the A's. Barreto, the club's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners and immediately inserted into the lineup.

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OAKLAND -- The A's lost a wealth of power from their lineup after placing Khris Davis on the disabled list Wednesday.

However, the slugger's absence allowed infield prospect Franklin Barreto to rejoin the A's. Barreto, the club's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners and immediately inserted into the lineup.

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Right-hander Daniel Gossett was also promoted from Nashville to start Wednesday, while reliever Wilmer Font was designated for assignment.

Davis, who is nursing a Grade 1 right groin strain, hopes to miss the minimum 10 days.

"I'm including yesterday as one of them," Davis said with a smile.

Video: OAK@TOR: Davis exits game with leg injury in the 4th

The move is retroactive to Monday, meaning the A's could have Davis back as soon as May 31. The slugger leads the club with 13 homers and 38 RBIs.

"I could probably come back before 10 days, but I think they just don't want me limping out there," Davis said. "They want me at full strength. It's tough, because I know at any moment it could flare up, anything could happen, so I just want to make sure I'm healthy."

"We want him to feel that way, but obviously, we're not going to bring him back until we feel like there aren't any implications once he's out on the field," manager Bob Melvin said. "These things can be a little bit delicate to come back from. I am encouraged by the way he's felt the last couple of days, but we don't want these things to drag on, so we're going to make sure he's as close to 100 percent healthy as he can be."

Melvin plans to share DH duties while Davis is out. Jed Lowrie took his turn Wednesday, while Barreto spelled him at second. Barreto, 22, will also soon be seen at shortstop when Marcus Semien leaves the team for the birth of his second child, which is due Saturday.

Video: Top Prospects: Franklin Barreto, SS, Athletics

Barreto's first stint with the A's this season spanned nine games in April, but didn't include an at-bat. He returned to Nashville and was hitting .235 with six home runs in 32 games at Triple-A.

"When you have a youngster like him here, you want to make sure you play him enough to give him a chance to have some success," Melvin said. "Last time he was here, he didn't play much at all, so it's good we're able to get him in the lineup right away."

Barreto's strikeout total is high -- 42 in 119 Triple-A at-bats -- but he's also collecting more walks this season, totaling 19 in 32 games after tallying just 27 in 111 games at Triple-A last year.

"I'm not really worried about the batting average," Barreto said through an interpreter. "I'm more worried about getting good turns at the plate, getting good swings on the ball and getting my base on balls.

"Every time I come up here, I try to do everything I can to help my team out."

Lucas to start Thursday
The A's have opted to start a reliever in Thursday's series finale against the Mariners. Right-hander Josh Lucas, who has made seven big league relief appearances, including two with the A's, will make his first career start.

Lucas threw 50 pitches in a 3 2/3-inning stint in relief of an injured Brett Anderson in Toronto last Friday, and he won't be asked to throw more than that Thursday.

Video: OAK@TOR: Lucas fans 7 in 3 2/3 innings of relief

"Obviously, he's not going to be out there for 130 pitches," Melvin said. "It's going to be more about just starting the game and maybe getting once around the lineup. We don't want him to have to do too much as a reliever. We want to make sure we keep him healthy, but he'll start the game, and then we'll have to use quite a bit of the bullpen again."

Right-hander Kendall Graveman could not be recalled from Triple-A because he was optioned less than 10 days ago.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Fowler gets first MLB hit in NY vs. former team

A's prospect singles off Gray, the pitcher he was traded for
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NEW YORK -- Dustin Fowler made his highly anticipated Yankee Stadium debut on Friday -- a year later than planned. He was also wearing a different uniform.

There's more. The now-A's outfielder, making his first start for Oakland, did so against the pitcher he was traded for last year: Sonny Gray. And Fowler recorded his first Major League hit against him, a clean single in the fourth inning of the A's 10-5 win.

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NEW YORK -- Dustin Fowler made his highly anticipated Yankee Stadium debut on Friday -- a year later than planned. He was also wearing a different uniform.

There's more. The now-A's outfielder, making his first start for Oakland, did so against the pitcher he was traded for last year: Sonny Gray. And Fowler recorded his first Major League hit against him, a clean single in the fourth inning of the A's 10-5 win.

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"You couldn't ask for anything better," said Fowler, who received a hearty applause from the Yankees faithful when he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat. "It was great. I'm just glad I'm back, and hopefully I can contribute in every way they want me to and stay up here as long as I can."

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"We were pulling for him," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "And to come back and get his first start here, his first hit here, was kind of apropos, coming full circle for him."

Fowler was one of three players -- James Kaprielian and Jorge Mateo were also in the haul -- the A's reeled in from the prospect-rich Yankees last summer. Fowler has since deemed the trade a blessing in disguise, recognizing an opportunity in Oakland that might not have existed in New York.

Fowler ranked No. 5 among A's top prospects

He'll be the primary center fielder, with Mark Canha expected to draw intermittent starts at the position against lefties. Fowler hit ninth against his former organization Friday after being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, pinch-hitting and softly lining out in his first Major League at-bat.

He was supposed to get one in pinstripes after his June 29 debut last year, when he suffered a devastating right knee injury in Chicago that required season-ending surgery -- and left him wondering if he'd ever get that at-bat.

"When it happened, I didn't know if I was going to be able to come back and play," Fowler said. "It's something I didn't think would be as soon as it was, so I'm happy I was able to recover as quick as I was and make my debut again."

Video: NYY@CWS: Fowler carted off the field after injury

Fowler, 23, had a dozen family members in the stands for Friday's occasion, which proved momentous for a multitude of reasons.

"Just an outstanding story and an outstanding guy," A's starter Kendall Graveman said. "He's going to play this game for a long time. He can go get it in center, and his approach at the plate is really good. Exciting to see somebody of that character be able to come out against a team that he got traded from [after] the injury and all the odds saying he might not play again at the big league level -- and come out and get a hit."

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Even members of the opposite side, including several of Fowler's former Minor League teammates, could appreciate the significance of the day.

"Especially picking up his first hit, there's many more to come out of him," Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge said. "He's got a bright future ahead of him, and I just wish him the best. It's exciting to see him at Yankee Stadium, and playing where he belongs in the Major Leagues."

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Fowler became the second player this season to record his first career hit against the team that drafted him, joining Atlanta's Jesse Biddle, who doubled for his first hit on April 29 at Philadelphia. Fowler is the first player drafted by the Yankees to get his first Major League hit against them since Justin Turner on July 11, 2009, with Baltimore. Fowler is the first player to do so against the Yankees after debuting for them since Domingo Ramos on May 23, 1980, with Toronto.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB and listen to her podcast.

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What to expect from Fowler with A's

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Dustin Fowler is back in the big leagues.

The A's recalled MLB Pipeline's No. 99 overall prospect from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday ahead of Oakland's game against the Astros.

Dustin Fowler is back in the big leagues.

The A's recalled MLB Pipeline's No. 99 overall prospect from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday ahead of Oakland's game against the Astros.

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Fowler, Oakland's No. 5 prospect, earned his second Major League promotion after a strong first month in the Pacific Coast League during which he batted .310/.333/.484 with 13 extra-base hits (three home runs), 18 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 131 plate appearances and 30 games. He'd been hot lately, too, slashing .410/.425/.821 with nine extra-base hits across his last 40 plate appearances (nine games).

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For those who don't remember, Fowler suffered a career-threatening knee injury in the first inning of his Major League debut with the Yankees last year on June 29 against the White Sox in Chicago. The starting right fielder in the contest, Fowler ruptured his right patella tendon when he collided with an uncovered metal electric box down the right-field line while pursuing a two-out fly ball in foul territory. His injury required immediate surgery, ending his 2017 campaign, and he subsequently sued the Chicago White Sox.

Yet, Fowler's injury didn't keep the A's from targeting the now-23-year-old at last year's Trade Deadline, and they acquired him with right-hander James Kaprielian (also injured at the time) and speedster Jorge Mateo from New York in exchange for Sonny Gray.

After a long and arduous recovery, Fowler was fully healthy this spring in his first A's camp and impressed club officials with his all-around consistency in his first game action since June. He hit just .222 in 19 Cactus League contests, but showed the across-the-board tools that have endeared him to evaluators across the game.

The Yankees gave Fowler the largest above-slot bonus ($278,000) to any player in their 2013 Draft class, selecting the West Laurens (Dexter, Ga.) HS product in the 18th round on the basis of his five-tool potential.

Flash forward five years and Fowler has become just that -- a prospect with five tools that grade as 50 or better on the 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 represents Major League average.

The Georgia native has blossomed offensively during his ascent of the Minors, showing good feel to hit early in his career and then adding more power in recent years. Combine those qualities with his plus speed and his ability to play a quality center field (and therefore all three outfield positions), and we're talking about a player capable of hitting .280 with 20 home runs and 20 steals from atop a lineup.

A 6-foot, 195-pounder, Fowler utilizes a compact, but impactful stroke that enables him to generate hard contact across the entire field. He broke out at the plate in 2015, when he batted .298 (sixth among Yankees farmhands) in 123 games between Class A Charleston and Class A Advanced Tampa. He recorded a career-high 30 stolen bases, fourth in the system, and ranked second with 70 RBIs.

Fowler became a more complete hitter the next year with the move up to Double-A Trenton, turning in a .281/.311/.458 batting line with 57 extra-base hits (12 HR, 15 3B, 30 2B), 88 RBIs and 25 steals. In 2017, Fowler got off to a red-hot start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .293/.329/.542 with a career-high 13 home runs in 70 games, before joining the Yankees in late June and getting hurt shortly thereafter.

Fowler's speed arguably is his strongest tool and gives him impact potential on the basepaths as well as in the outfield. He made strides defensively during his time in the Yankees' system, thanks in part to his work with organizational outfield instructor Reggie Willits, who helped Fowler improve his jumps, reads and routes en route to becoming a plus defender. That progress has netted him more time in center field as he's climbed the ladder, and he logged each of his 29 starts at the position with Nashville prior to his promotion.

Center field also represents Fowler's clearest path to playing time in the big leagues, as he's a more natural and obvious fit at the up-the-middle position than any combination of Mark Canha, Chad Pinder or Jake Smolinksi.

How much playing time Fowler receives over any of the aforementioned players is yet to be seen, but the youngster's hot-hitting down in Triple-A and overall superior skillset makes him the clear-cut best option to handle everyday center-field duties in Oakland.

The return of Boog Powell, currently on a Triple-A rehab assignment for a knee injury, will soon add another fold to the situation, though it's possible that both he and Fowler could see time at either outfield corner, spelling Matt Joyce and Stephen Piscotty as needed.

Even if Fowler's role fluctuates in the early stages of his A's career, he has all the ingredients needed to develop into an above-average everyday player capable of contributing in all facets of the game.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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Now with A's, Fowler makes long-awaited return

Outfielder pinch-hits, expected to start Friday vs. Yankees; Cahill to DL
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OAKLAND -- Back in the big leagues, Dustin Fowler has one goal: "Hopefully I can stay away from walls this go-around."

First thing's first, though: Fowler finally got the at-bat he was robbed of during his Major League debut.

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OAKLAND -- Back in the big leagues, Dustin Fowler has one goal: "Hopefully I can stay away from walls this go-around."

First thing's first, though: Fowler finally got the at-bat he was robbed of during his Major League debut.

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The A's promoted the highly touted outfield prospect ahead of Wednesday's series finale against the Astros, and they plan to give him his first starting assignment opposite the team that drafted him. Ahead of time, they awarded him a pinch-hit at-bat in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 4-1 loss and Fowler softly lined out on the second pitch. 

"It was kind of a nice way to do it," Fowler said. "Just get out there and get it out of the way real quick. Not the way you want it to go, but it's nice to get it out of the way after the road I went through."

Traded by the Yankees to the A's in the Sonny Gray blockbuster deal last summer a month after he sustained a horrific right knee injury running into an unpadded metal electrical box at U.S. Cellular Field in his first Major League game, Fowler will finally make his anticipated debut at Yankee Stadium on Friday -- wearing green and gold.

The baseball gods could not have scripted this any better, with Gray scheduled to make the start for New York. The A's have yet to announce their starter, after placing Trevor Cahill on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a right elbow impingement, but there's a good chance they will call on Kendall Graveman.

"It's just the perfect story," Fowler said. "The guy I got traded for, getting to face him. It'll be nice to be in New York and play in front of that crowd. It'll be exciting. I'm ready to get there."

Fowler, who was batting .300 with three home runs and eight stolen bases at Triple-A Nashville, will be in center field for the A's.

"Obviously you want to make the team out of camp, but you completely understand what they were thinking," Fowler said. "It was nice to get some at-bats and get comfortable before I get up here. I think it was helpful for me. Here in the last two weeks I've been swinging it pretty well, so hopefully I can keep it going up here."

The speedy Fowler won't play every day; A's manager Bob Melvin wants to keep Mark Canha in the mix and expects to play him mostly against lefties, while Fowler handles the right-handers.

The 23-year-old is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the organization's No. 5 prospect.

"You talk about your center fielder of the future, and this is the guy we've targeted for that," Melvin said. "Against righties, he'll get plenty of starts. There's no reason to bring him here and not play him.

"This is a real athletic player that was a big part of a huge trade for us. You trade a Sonny Gray and bring back players like that, it's exciting. I know he'll be excited about it, and probably even more so because it's against the Yankees."

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Melvin anticipates Cahill missing the minimum 10 days. The move was largely precautionary, and an MRI on his elbow came back clean. Cahill played catch Tuesday and experienced only slight soreness.

"After battling injury last year, don't really wanna push it, especially this early in the year," Cahill said. "If anything, just being overly cautious. I've never had any issues with my elbow ever. That's the other thing. Certain things you've had in the past frequently, you know how to deal with it. But with new injuries, you're kind of in the dark and just hoping and don't really know if you can pitch through it. With it being in a new area, just being precautionary and take a step back and regroup."

A's Honorary Bat Girl
Tina Baker, a Stage 3 breast cancer survivor who has been a loyal A's season-ticket member for more than 25 years, has been chosen as the A's Honorary Bat Girl this year.

Baker, diagnosed in 2011, underwent two surgeries, five months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. Along the way, she experienced terrible side effects, yet desired to continue life as usual and watch A's baseball games.

She also took to writing, starting a blog to document her journey and educate those around her on the many side effects that accompany breast cancer and its treatment.

Baker says she "was given a rare opportunity to see life before me and realize how precious it is and how swiftly it can be taken away. I have been blessed to have many loved ones and friends in my life who supported me through this process, but the Oakland A's will always hold a special place in my heart for the support and attention they bring to breast cancer awareness."

Each year, all 30 clubs select an Honorary Bat Girl to take the field as part of Major League Baseball's "Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative. Because the A's are on the road this Mother's Day, Baker will serve her duties at a home game later this season. Louisville Slugger will donate proceeds from the sale of their pink bats, which will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer. MLB will again donate its licensed uniform royalties through Mother's Day apparel to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Thompson DFA'd; Petit to family emergency list

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OAKLAND -- Trayce Thompson's stay with the A's came to an end Tuesday. The move accompanied several others ahead of the club's highly anticipated free game against the White Sox.

Thompson was designated for assignment to make room for Tuesday starter Trevor Cahill. In addition, right-hander Yusmeiro Petit was placed on the family medical emergency list, and the team's No. 27 prospect, Lou Trivino, was promoted from Triple-A Nashville in his stead.

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OAKLAND -- Trayce Thompson's stay with the A's came to an end Tuesday. The move accompanied several others ahead of the club's highly anticipated free game against the White Sox.

Thompson was designated for assignment to make room for Tuesday starter Trevor Cahill. In addition, right-hander Yusmeiro Petit was placed on the family medical emergency list, and the team's No. 27 prospect, Lou Trivino, was promoted from Triple-A Nashville in his stead.

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Petit, who appeared in 10 of the A's first 17 games, is tending to a family health situation and, per manager Bob Melvin, is expected back Saturday.

Trivino is anticipating his Major League debut. The hard-throwing righty, who comes with elite velocity that can reach triple digits, retired all 13 batters he faced with Nashville -- eight by strikeout -- after impressing the big league staff in Spring Training by way of a 1.93 ERA over four appearances.

"This is a guy we kind of targeted going into Spring Training as a guy that would probably be here at some point in time this year," Melvin said of Trivino.

Trivino, 26, got the word from Triple-A manager Fran Riordan just before midnight Monday -- in the middle of a pizza run, shortly after touching down in Des Moines. He was there for roughly five hours before catching another flight.

Trivino immediately phoned his parents in Philadelphia, waking them up with the news, and hopes they can be in the stands as soon as Wednesday. The A's 2013 11th-round Draft pick has quietly climbed the ranks with consistent results in recent years, his last producing the best yet -- he turned in a combined 3.03 ERA between Double-A Midland and Triple-A in 2017.

He believes he's an even better version of that pitcher now.

"Being able to command the zone a little bit better," Trivino said. "Especially this year, I was very thankful of how I'm able to attack the zone and be more aggressive with hitters. Not falling behind too much and, if I am, I'm converting the 1-1 counts. I've just been able to be a little more consistent this year. Granted, it was three games, but so far, so good."

Thompson, who was enjoying time with brother and Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, has already been employed by three teams this year.

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

"It was difficult letting him go, because he fit in really well here," Melvin said. "The guys liked him, the coaching staff loved him. He was a hard-working guy. Certainly we'd love to be able to keep him in the organization. If not, I hope he lands in a good place and he gets to actually stick somewhere and play, because it's difficult to go through this once, let alone three times, so you feel for him, because he's such a good kid on top of it."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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