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Inge Activated Off DL; Recker Shipped to Sacramento

May 28, 2012

Brandon Inge was activated off of the disabled list in advance of the A’s beginning their series in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Twins. In a brief rehab assignment with the River Cats Inge tore the cover off the ball to the tune of an .857/.875/2.000 slash line in just eight plate appearances. That adds up to a 1.123 wOBA and 612 wRC+, the joys of small sample sizes. Inge was enjoying quite a bit of success with his new ballclub when he went down, as in his 50 Oakland plate appearances he had earned 0.6 WAR, with a .227/.300/.545 slash line worth .349 wOBA and 124 wRC+.

His inclusion on the roster of course meant that someone had to go and that someone is Anthony Recker. The backup catcher failed to find a rhythm this year hitting a meager .129/.250/.161 in 37 trips to the plate with a .205 wOBA and 25 wRC+. The -0.1 WAR’s backup catcher role will be filled by Josh Donaldson who is displaced by Inge at third. Donaldson also will fill in at first base presumably when the A’s square off against a left-handed starter. Move made sense as Recker wasn’t producing, and even for Donaldson’s lack of production he is outstripping what Recker has done and Donaldson has most of his professional experience behind the plate.

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