Hicks and Ross Up; Colon and Cowgill to the DL
Two somewhat unsurprising moves before today’s game against the Giants. The A’s needed to add starting pitcher Tyson Ross to the club and did so by placing Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list. The move was not a surprise as Colon was expected to end up on the DL with his oblique strain, something that also sidelined him way back in 1999 with the Cleveland Indians. Despite being demoted to Sacramento, Ross failed to make an appearance for them in his time back with the River Cats and last pitched for the A’s last week.
Collin Cowgill meanwhile is also disabled list bound. Yesterday while playing left field he made a diving attempt to salvage the A’s lead on a Brandon Belt sinking liner, the ball got by him and when running to get it at the base of the wall he turned his ankle – quite significantly from replays – and after initially staying in eventually ceded way to Jonny Gomes in left field. Cowgill’s loss is a significant one for the A’s, as unlike many other players he has actually hit well in his time in Oakland with a .271/.343/.313 slash line in 108 plate appearances with a .286 wOBA and 80 wRC+ he had been worth 0.5 WAR this year. There is no immediate timetable for his return.
In his place the A’s sort of surprisingly picked up Brandon Hicks from Sacramento. Hicks, claimed off of waivers from the Braves this offseason, has spent the entirety of 2012 in Sacramento with the River Cats having a .275/.374/.555 slash line in 273 plate appearances splitting time between second base and shortstop (two positions, I thought were well covered between Cliff Pennington, Jemile Weeks and as a backup Eric Sogard). Hicks has not hit at all at the MLB level with a career .038/.107/.038 slash line in 28 plate appearances spread across 2010 and 2011 with Atlanta, but he also has really barely even been given a shot. The A’s seem to have a thing for Brandons and here is yet another one. Its not entirely clear to me how this Brandon will fit in this lineup for regular use but they are giving him a look today as he will get the start at shortstop and hit ninth.