Fresh from Sacramento, Vogt starting for Oakland

Fresh from Sacramento, Vogt starting for Oakland
June 25, 2013, 5:45 pm
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I've been playing pretty well, so I was hoping that I'd get the chance to play coming up. Excited to be in the lineup Day 1.
Stephen Vogt

OAKLAND -- Stephen Vogt got the news late Monday night in Sacramento that he would be getting promoted to the A's on Tuesday.

"We all knew that there was a move to be made," Vogt said in the A's clubhouse Tuesday afternoon. "We just didn't know who it was going to be. Try not to look at any speculation or anything like that. Just play every day whenever your name's in the lineup and I was really excited to get the news and I'm excited to be here."

The catcher got the news Tuesday afternoon that he'd be in the A's starting lineup for the interleague series opener against Cincinnati.

So which was the bigger surprise?

"A little bit of both," said the left-handed hitting Vogt, who was initially going to come off the bench but will instead bat eighth.

"I've been playing pretty well, so I was hoping that I'd get the chance to play coming up. Excited to be in the lineup Day 1."

Vogt, 28, was acquired from Tampa Bay on April 5 for a player to be named later or cash considerations and sent to the Triple-A River Cats. After a torrid April, in which he batted .438, he was batting .325 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 53 games with Sacramento.

He made his big league debut with Tampa Bay last season and is just 0 for 25 with two walks in 18 games.

"I kind of put that behind me," he said. "It was 25 at-bats over six months. It wasn't like an 0-25 in one week. It was pinch-hits and, obviously, I had good at-bats. I didn't punch out a whole lot. Hit the ball hard, just didn't get one to fall. I'm fortunate to be back in the big leagues and hopefully I'll be talking to you about my first hit tonight."

A's manager Bob Melvin said the reports on Vogt were that he "does a nice job of communicating with pitchers, and you can see the numbers with the bat."

John Jaso was originally in the starting lineup but was scratched as the abrasion on his left palm is still lingering enough to limit him to a potential pinch-hit opportunity.

Vogt took the roster spot of right-handed starter Dan Straily, who was sent to Sacramento on Sunday night as the A's, with three off days in eight days, do not need a fifth starter until July 5. Vogt left Sacramento for Oakland Tuesday morning.

"I had never been to the Coliseum before so it's the first time," he said. "Just wanted to check it out and get my feet wet."

Wait, wet? Not like in the sewage that flooded the Coliseum clubhouses the last time the A's were home, right?

"Not the way I heard," Vogt laughed. "I'm good on that."

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