Right-hander Boof Bonser — remember him? — was called up by the A’s to fill a long relief role in the bullpen. He arrived shortly before batting practice today and should be available tonight against the White Sox. Lefty Cedrick Bowers was sent down, and to make room for Bonser on the 40-man roster, Ben Sheets was transferred to the 60-day DL. Never a dull moment on the A’s transaction wire …
Bay Area fans will recall Bonser, now 28, was a first-round pick of the Giants out of high school back in 2000. He cracked the big leagues with Minnesota in 2006 and pitched in both starting and relief duty through 2008. He missed all of last season while recovering from shoulder surgery and was traded to Boston in December. After making just two relief appearances with the Red Sox, he was designated for assignment, opted to become a free agent and signed a minor league deal with Oakland on July 2.
“He gives me some experience and some length (to throw multiple innings),” manager Bob Geren said. “He threw the ball well in Sacramento. The fact that he was starting there and threw 99 pitches in his last start, that’s a bonus for me (because) he can go three, four, five innings.”
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s always interesting when new players arrive for the first time and walk through the clubhouse meeting people and getting acclimated. It’s just like anybody’s first day at the office …
–Worth noting from today’s lineup: Adam Rosales gets the start at shortstop and Rajai Davis moves up from eighth to seventh in the batting order. “He’s been swinging the bat pretty well, especially against lefties,” Geren said of Davis. Left-hander John Danks is starting for Chicago.
–Ryan Sweeney had right knee surgery Friday but Geren didn’t have details on it.
A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust DH, Rosales SS, Davis LF, Ellis 2B, Carson RF; Braden LHP.
White Sox — Pierre LF, Ramirez SS, Rios CF, Konerko 1B, Quentin DH, Pierzynski C, Viciedo 3B, Jones RF, Beckham 2B; Danks LHP.