Cespedes' trainer arrested on human smuggling charges

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Cespedes' trainer arrested on human smuggling charges

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A prominent baseball trainer who helped represent A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been arrested in the Dominican Republic on human smuggling charges for allegedly helping Cuban players illegally enter the country.

Dominican police say Edgar Mercedes is one of seven men detained in the case. A police statement says the four Dominicans and three Cubans transported potential players from Cuba in hopes of gaining major league contracts. All seven were appearing before a judge Friday.

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Mercedes, who is not a registered baseball agent, worked with Cespedes after he defected. Cespedes signed a 36 million, four-year contract with Oakland.

Attorney Guillermo Estrella says Mercedes is not involved with human smuggling or the other detained men.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.

A's hopeful Matt Chapman will be released from hospital Sunday

A's hopeful Matt Chapman will be released from hospital Sunday

Matt Chapman's first stint with the A's was cut short by a left knee infection.

The highly-touted third baseman was placed on the disabled list on Thursday and admitted to a hospital for treatment. He's been receiving antibiotics via intravenous.

Prior to Sunday's series finale in Chicago, manager Bob Melvin was asked about Chapman's status.

"Our hope is that he gets out [of the hospital] today. I know he's making significant strides. This has been really good for him, the drip of the antibiotics as opposed to the oral antibiotics he was taking," Melvin told reporters in Chicago. "I know once he gets out of there, they want to make sure there's no complications, so we're probably being a little bit conservative, but we can because he's on the DL."

Chapman's placement on the DL is retroactive to June 19, so he's eligible to be activated on Thursday, though Melvin wouldn't commit to saying if the 24-year-old will be ready.

"Once he gets out and once we start doing some baseball activities, we'll have a better idea of that," Melvin said.

In 14 at-bats with the A's, Chapman collected three hits including one double, drove in three runs and scored twice.

The 2014 first-round pick earned the promotion after hitting .257/.348/.589 with 16 home runs and 30 RBI in 49 games for Triple-A Nashville.