OAKLAND -– After being one of the toughest spring training cuts that A’s manager Bob Melvin said he’s ever made, catcher Stephen Vogt is back with the big league club after being recalled Sunday morning.
Reliever Fernando Rodriguez was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento to clear a roster spot, as the A’s were in need of a left-handed bat with Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick both nursing injuries right now.
With Moss day-to-day with a calf injury, Alberto Callaspo is needed more at first base, which means John Jaso could see more DH duty, which means the A’s could use another catcher on the roster.
“It gives us a 3-catcher dynamic, and Vogt can also play the outfield,” Melvin said before Sunday’s homestand finale against the Angels. “And he’s been swinging the bat well. He’s a guy who’s been here before and been instrumental for us.”
Vogt was hitting .364 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 21 games for the River Cats. He was among this year’s final roster cuts before Opening Night, and he was on the verge of tears as he addressed reporters after getting the news. Melvin called “maybe the most difficult (discussion) I’ve ever had to do” as a manager at the time.
Vogt was penciled into the starting lineup at catcher Sunday even though he had yet to arrive at the Coliseum from Fresno, where Sacramento was playing this weekend.
Moss said his calf is feeling much better and he’s hoping to be available Tuesday when the A’s open a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Reddick also is day-to-day after hyper-extending a knee while making a catch against the wall Saturday night.
In other news, Melvin said reliever Ryan Cook will travel to New York with the team and there’s a good chance he gets activated Tuesday from the disabled list.