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A’s call up Matt Carson; Rajai Davis likely out a couple days

Another day, another transaction for the A’s …

Outfielder Matt Carson was called up from Triple-A Sacramento and reliever Henry Rodriguez was optioned out. To this point, there’s no discussion of Rajai Davis’ hamstring injury sending him to the DL. But he’s likely to miss a game or two, so the A’s opted for more outfield depth and summoned the right-handed hitting Carson, who hit .293 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 33 games with the River Cats. He was on the DL from May 3-21 with a strained intercostal muscle. (Seriously, how often had you even heard the word “intercostal” before this season. The same type of injury has taken down Kurt Suzuki and Coco Crisp. I usually refer to it more as “rib cage” so readers know what part of the body we’re talking about).

Anyway, Carson is hitting .405 with five of his six homers vs. lefties in the minors, and he’s likely to see time against lefties up here, manager Bob Geren said. There’s even a chance Carson and Adam Rosales, another right-handed bat, could play the outfield together. Carson has strictly been a center fielder this season …

–You should have seen the players gathered around the TV in the A’s clubhouse to watch Stephen Strasburg in his big league debut. Everyone’s interested in what this kid’s got … But there were a couple of clubhouse guests who could have cared less — Seaver Sheets and Diego Chavez, the young sons of two of the more high-profile Athletics. They were much more interested in playing basketball than watching Strasburg, and I can report that Seaver shows nice potential with his jumper …

Tonight’s lineups, w/Eric Patterson hitting leadoff for Oakland …

A’s: Patterson LF, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Kouzmanoff 3B, Gross CF, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS; Mazzaro RHP.

Angels: Aybar SS, Izturis 2B, Abreu RF, Hunter CF, Matsui DH, Napoli C, Rivera LF, Ryan 1B, Frandsen 3B; Weaver RHP.

Joe Stiglich