A's notes: Moss unavailable, A's make trade

A's notes: Moss unavailable, A's make trade
April 5, 2013, 4:00 pm
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A's first baseman Brandon Moss left Thursday's to be with his wife, Allison, as they wait to welcome a new baby. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

HOUSTON -- Oakland Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss was listed on the lineup card, but will not be in the lineup against the Astros on Friday. In fact he's not even in Houston.

Moss left Thursday's game in the eighth inning to be with his wife, Allison, as they are waiting to welcome a new addition to their family.

The baby hasn't arrived yet, but A's manager Bob Melvin said there's nothing to be concerned about. In the meantime, they are in a holding pattern as far as his roster spot is concerned. The team has three games in Houston and an off-day on Monday. It could be ideal for him to rejoin the team on Tuesday in Anaheim.

Minor league prospect Shane Peterson is with the team in Houston and will be activated to take Moss' spot if they need him. Peterson, 25, was pulled out of a River Cats game on Thursday when he was given the news. He has never played a game in the major leagues and was soaking in the atmosphere.

"We're going to play it by the hour until they sort it out," Peterson said. "It's nice being the first time in a big league clubhouse. Coming to a place like this is nice."

Peterson hopes getting onto the field and sitting in the dugout with the team will calm his nerves. His family will be in the stands watching, just in case he makes his debut.

"Whether it's the outfield or first base, he's got more than one way to get here," Melvin said.

-- Former A's first baseman Chris Carter said he's had his eye on this day for a while. He is eager to see and later face his former Oakland teammates. It might be interesting to see him battle with former River Cat and A's teammate Dan Straily, who is starting for the A's.

"For the most part I know he likes his slider and curveball," Carter said. "I've watched him pitch, I know how he pitches."

Speaking of Straily, he will make Friday's start and then his spot in the rotation and roster will be taken by Bartolo Colon, who is coming off his suspension. Straily has been saying he doesn't think about it, but that has to be a weird situation for the young starter.

"Nothing is for certain, and you better pitch with that mindset," Melvin said. "Nothing is given to anybody, so I don't think that should effect anything today."

-- With Travis Blackley and his dangerous pick-off move now on the opposing team, the A's players were joking around in the clubhouse about how careful they'll be when leading off. Melvin, when asked about it, smiled and said they may have discussed fining anyone that gets picked off by Blackley.

-- A's announced the acquisition of catcher Stephen Vogt from the Rays for a player to be named later and cash considerations. Vogt, 28, is a left-handed hitter. He was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. To make room on the 40-man roster they designated right-handed pitcher Dan Otero for assignment.

Vogt batted .296 with a home run and four RBI in 16 spring training games. He was on the Rays Opening Day roster last year and had three stints with Tampa Bay appearing in 18 games, including seven at catcher, five at designated hitter and two in left field. The 28-year-old Vogt batted .303 against right-handed pitching at Triple-A Durham.

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