Ouch. It never seems to stop. The Oakland A’s have been bit once more by the pesky injury bug that seems to be roaming around with the rest of the team. Today, the A’s announced that OF Connor Jackson has been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 1 with a left-hamstring injury.
Jackson, who was acquired in a trade with the Diamondbacks, was batting .267 with four RBIs in 14 games with the A’s. According to the A’s official site, this is the fourth stint on the DL for Jackson over the past three seasons. The A’s as a team have used the disabled list 17 times this year, and 81 times since the 2007 season. Yes, 81 times.
Upon placing Jackson on the DL, the A’s recalled OF Matt Carson and selected fellow OF Matt Watson, from Triple-A Sacramento. The A’s then optioned pitcher Clayton Mortensen to Sacramento. The A’s transferred OF Travis Buck to the 60-day DL, which is definitely not good news, in order to make room for Watson.
The injuries continue to pile up for Oakland, and if the team is to make a comeback in an increasingly competitive AL West, the team will need to stay healthy. For more on the A’s recent transactions, you can head to the A’s official site. Below is an excerpt from the article:
"Carson joins Oakland for the third time this year and is hitting .111 (1-for-9) with a home run and an RBI in four games with Oakland. He was previously with the club from April 22-29 and June 8-14. Carson was batting .301 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs in 51 games with Sacramento, including .314 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 18 games following his option on June 15. Carson appeared in 49 games in center field, four in left field and one in right field with the River Cats.Watson was signed by the A’s as a free agent to a Minor League contract on May 28 and was hitting .313 with nine doubles, eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 28 games for Sacramento. Watson, 31, last played in the Majors in 2005 when he hit .188 with five RBIs in 19 games with Oakland. He also batted .174 in 15 games with the Mets in 2003 and is a .183 (13-for-71) career hitter with no home runs and seven RBIs in 34 big league games."
The A’s will have two series at home coming up: Yankees, and then the Angels come to town.