A's outright Nakajima, clear space on 40-man roster

A's outright Nakajima, clear space on 40-man roster
August 16, 2013, 7:45 pm

In 75 Triple-A games, Hiro Nakajima is batting .282 with four home runs, 26 RBI and three stolen bases. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND -- With concussed catcher John Jaso's season on the brick, the A's are in need of depth behind the plate. And with Friday's minor league roster move to outright shortstop Hiro Nakajima Triple-A Sacramento, thus removing him from the 40-man roster, Oakland may have found the room to make such a move.

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Nakajima was signed with much fanfare this winter to a two-year, $6.5-million contract, with a club option for 2015. But a hamstring strain incurred late in spring training set him back and cleared the way for Jed Lowrie to start at shortstop for the A's. Nakajima has not been able to play his way out of Sacramento and onto Oakland's roster.

In 75 games with the River Cats, Nakajima is batting .282 with four home runs, 26 RBI and three stolen bases with an on-base percentage of .336.