A's activate Rosales, option Kouzmanoff to Triple-A

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A's activate Rosales, option Kouzmanoff to Triple-A

June 6, 2011A'S PAGE A'S VIDEO

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

Perhaps looking to jump-start their offense while injecting some enthusiasm into the clubhouse, the slumping A's on Monday reinstated infielder Adam Rosales from the 60-day disabled list and recalled infielder Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Sacramento.

One of the corresponding roster moves was expected -- optioning right-handed rookie Fautino De Los Santos to Sacramento. The other, though, was not -- sending six-year veteran third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to the River Cats.

The return of the spark plug Rosales, who missed all of spring training with the fractured right foot, is a welcome one. In three games of a rehab stint with Sacramento, he went three-for-10 with a double, a triple and three walks and appeared at second base, third base and shortstop.

Last season, Rosales, 28, was the first A's player since Scott Brosius in 1995 to start at least one game at six different positions. Rosales batted .271 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 80 games last season for the A's before going on the disabled list on Aug. 12 with a stress fracture in his right ankle.

Sizemore, meanwhile, was acquired from Detroit in the May 27 trade for lefty reliever David Purcey. At Triple-A Toledo, Purcey batted .408 with two homers and 15 RBI and was leading the International League in batting and on-base percentage (.495) before the Tigers called him up on May 3. With Detroit, he hit just .222 with 10 walks and in nine games with the River Cats he batted .267 with 12 walks and 1 runs scored. He played third base in eight of his nine games with Sacramento and hit second in the lineup.

Kouzmanoff's uncharacteristic slow start this season -- he hit .208 in April and his nine errors were second-most among American League third basemen -- started the whispers. He homered Sunday in Boston -- all four of his home runs have come on the road -- and had raised his batting average to .221. But it was obvious the A's front office had seen enough, hoping he gets his swing and confidence back in the minor leagues.

De Los Santos made his big league debut Saturday and pitched two innings Sunday, showing off his high-90s velocity while allowing a run on two hits and striking out four.

Giants lineup: Morse gets first start, Posey out vs Padres

Giants lineup: Morse gets first start, Posey out vs Padres

Programming note: Padres-Giants coverage starts today at 6:00pm with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Andy Green and Bruce Bochy issued their lineups for today's series opener at AT&T Park:

Padres (9-15)

1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Erick Aybar (S) SS
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Jabari Blash (R) RF
9. Luis Perdomo (R) P

Giants (8-15) 

1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.

But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.

“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”

Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.

There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.

“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”

Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.

“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”

Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.

"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.

"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."