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The A’s placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sprained right wrist and promoted Daric Barton from Triple-A Sacramento.
Barton is in the lineup at first base for the opener of a four-game series at Detroit. The A’s also designated for assignment reliever Pat Neshek and promoted reliever Evan Scribner to take his roster spot.
Brandon Moss, Oakland’s regular first baseman, is starting in right field Monday. Moss was primarily an outfielder before switching to first base last season while in the A’s minor league system. He has since played the outfield occasionally for Oakland.
Barton, 28, has served several stints as Oakland’s starting first baseman since making his big league debut in 2007. He is an excellent defender, but his hitting has never matched up to the offensive production normally expected of big league first basemen.
Barton is a .248 career hitter with 28 home runs in 492 major league games. He has appeared in just eight games with the A’s so far this season, hitting .143 with one home run and three RBI.
In promoting Barton to take Reddick’s roster spot, the A’s passed over Sacramento outfielders Michael Choice and Michael Taylor. Choice, a 2010 first-round draft pick, figures to be a candidate for a call-up once rosters expand starting Sept. 1.