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The A's activated Craig Gentry from the 15-day disabled list on Friday and optioned reliever Dan Otero to Triple-A Sacramento to clear space on the roster, the team announced.
Gentry was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 28 with a broken right hand. He began a two-game rehab assignment with Sacramento on Monday against Oklahoma City and went 0 for 7 with a RBI and three strikeouts in starts at designated hitter and in right field.
Gentry was 4 for 29 (.138) over his final 12 games with the A’s before the injury and is batting .264 with 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts in 80 games overall.
Rosters can expand Sept. 1, so Otero figures to return once his mandatory 10 days in the minors are up. But with Jason Hammel currently available out of the bullpen as his start is being skipped, the A's have an extra relief arm on reserve.
Otero has been one of the A's most reliable relievers, but he has minor league options left, meaning he can be sent down without being exposed to the waiver wire.
Oakland A's media services contributed to this report