Saturday, August 18, 2007
A's option Meyer back to Triple-A, bring up OF Brown
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics sent down
left-hander Dan Meyer on Saturday, a day after he made his first
The A's optioned Meyer to Triple-A Sacramento and brought up
outfielder Dee Brown to give them some depth in the position after
center fielder Travis Buck injured his left hamstring during
Friday's 9-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
While Buck said Saturday he only expects to be out for a couple
of days, Oakland already is without starting center fielder Mark
Kotsay, who went on the DL on Friday with lower back spasms. Kotsay
already missed the first two months of the season after having back
"It wasn't as bad as they initially thought it was," Buck said
before the A's played the middle game with the Royals. "It's still
a little tight. It's a slight strain. I've never done anything to
my legs, so I didn't know what to expect. It's a good sign."
Kotsay missed four straight games with back problems from August
5-8 and was 1-for-16 over his last five games. The move is
retroactive to Aug. 15.
Veteran outfielder Jeff DaVanon was recalled from Sacramento to
take Kotsay's place and DaVanon was in the starting lineup playing
center field Saturday. Brown can play right and left.
Meyer (0-1) lost in his debut as a starter and his first major
league appearance in three years. He lasted four innings, allowing
six runs -- three earned -- and five hits, walked two and did not
strike out a batter.
"Any time you evaluate anybody on one game, it's difficult,
sure," manager Bob Geren said. "We want to make sure his changeup
is the right speed."
Brown, acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash
considerations on May 30, will make his second big league stint of
the season for the A's after appearing in one game from June 29 to
July 8. He went hitless in one at-bat before being designated for
assignment and then sent outright to Sacramento on July 11. He was
batting .298 with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs in 62 games with the