Sizemore Re-Tears His ACL; Out For The Year
The Oakland A's received the worst-case news on the injury to second baseman Scott Sizemore. On Wednesday, the team learned that Sizemore had re-torn his left ACL and he will miss the rest of the season. Sizemore tore his ACL last spring and missed all of last season.
Sizemore was injured attempting to catch a pop-up to right field in A's 9-5 win over the Angels on Tuesday night.
Early in the day on Wednesday, the A's placed Sizemore on the disabled list and recalled infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento. Parrino had four hits in his first 23 at-bats for the River Cats this season. One of those hits was a double.
Parrino's versatility will bring value to the A's roster, which has been impacted by injuries over the past few days. The former San Diego Padres' prospect can play shortstop, second base, third base, left field and right field. The A's are thin right now, as right fielder Josh Reddick has missed the past two games with a sprained wrist he suffered on Sunday.
Parrino made his A's debut in Oakland's 11-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday, subbing in for Jed Lowrie in the eighth inning. He flew out to center in his only at-bat.
Now that it is known that Sizemore will miss the entire season, the A's will have to decide who will permanently serve either as the everyday second baseman or as the right-handed platoon for Eric Sogard.
The A's may hold off on making that decision until Adam Rosales and/or Hiroyuki Nakajima are ready to be activated from the disabled list. Both have begun some baseball activity, but neither has been sent out for a rehab assignment. Both are right-handed hitters. Rosales has the advantage of experience at second, as well as short, third and first. However, the A's could move current starting shortstop Lowrie to second if they want Nakajima in the line-up at shortstop.
If the A's want to make a move before those two are ready, they could look to either Jemile Weeks or Grant Green. The A's 2008 and 2009 first-round picks are off to solid starts at the plate. After collecting two hits on Wednesday, Weeks is batting .345 with an 803 OPS. Green also had two hits, and he is batting .323 with an 816 OPS.
Green has been the primary second baseman since the start of the Sacramento season, starting all but one game there. Weeks has primarily DH'd, although he made his professional debut at shortstop on Wednesday in the River Cats' loss. Green is a right-handed hitter and Weeks is a switch-hitter, so both could platoon with Sogard in the same way that Sizemore did.
Russell Lands On The DL
As we reported earlier this week, A's top prospect Addison Russell tweaked his back during infield practice before the Stockton Ports' game on Saturday. Although the injury is not expected to be a long-term issue, Russell was placed on the seven-day DL on Wednesday. The DL trip is retroactive to April 7.
In Russell's place, the A's activated Antonio Lamas. Lamas had been part of the Ports' preliminary Opening Day roster, but he was sent back to extended spring training before the season opener while the Commissioner's Office finalized their approval on his contract. Lamas was signed out of the Mexican Summer League this off-season.
Lamas made his official US professional baseball debut on Wednesday in the Ports' 4-3, 13-inning win. He had a big hit for the Ports with two-outs in the bottom of the ninth, singling in the game-tying run. He went 3-for-5.
Sacramento's Bullpen Blows Late Lead
The Sacramento River Cats looked poised to win their second game of the season when they allowed a late lead to slip through their fingers. Leading 4-1 in the top of the seventh, Sacramento starter Jesse Chavez was lifted with two-on and one-out. Reliever Jordan Norberto allowed three hits and two walks. Six runs would cross the plate that inning and the Tacoma Rainiers would win, 7-4.
Before the seventh inning, Chavez was putting together a fine start. He had allowed one run on seven hits and a walk in six innings. He finished with a line of three runs allowed on nine hits and a walk with those five strike-outs in 6.1 innings.
Shane Peterson had a big day at the plate. The left fielder had four hits and an RBI in five at-bats. One of those hits was a double. He is batting .353 on the early season. Michael Taylor extended his hitting streak to 12 games (dating back to last year) with two hits, both of which were double. He is batting .419 with an 1197 OPS. Stephen Vogt continued his strong start with his new club, collecting three hits.
The River Cats are off to a very slow start to the season, with a 1-6 record.
Ports Play Extras To Earn Win
Ryan Delgado hit a two-out, walkoff homerun to get the Stockton Ports a 4-3 win over the San Jose Giants in the bottom of the 13th inning. The Ports scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to force the game to go into extras.
For much of the game, the story was the Giants' pitching. Clayton Blackburn and Bryce Bandilla had held the Ports to only one run before closer Cody Hall coughed up the two game-tying runs in the bottom of the ninth. Antonio Lamas tied the game with a two-out single in that frame in his Ports' debut.
Blake Hassebrock got the start for the Ports. His command wasn't perfect, as he walked four in 4.1 innings. But he was able to minimize the damage, allowing two runs. Hassebrock struck-out seven.
The Ports' bullpen was lights-out. Jake Brown allowed a run in 1.2 innings, but he struck-out four. Jose Macias (two innings), Pedro Vidal (three innings) and Jonathan Joseph (two innings) combined to hold the Giants to two hits and a walk. They struck-out six and walked none.
Before the ninth, the Ports' offense was limited to Max Muncy's solo homerun in the fourth. It was Muncy's fourth homerun in just the eighth game of the season. He also doubled and is batting .360 on the young season. Lamas had three hits. Delgado entered the game late after starter Ryan Ortiz was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He was still able to collect two at-bats, the final one ending the game. It was Delgado's second homer of the season.
The losing 'pitcher' for San Jose was catcher Eliezer Zambrano, who pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings before allowing Delgado's blast.
- Beloit's game at Peoria was cancelled because of rain. It will be made-up as part of a double-header in Beloit during the teams' May 8-10 series.
- Both Beloit and Midland open their home schedules on Thursday.