Joe Stiglich is on his way to Seattle as the A’s beging their road trip vs. the Mariners, so passing this along for him.
It looks as if Chris Carter could make his long-awaited A’s debut Monday night in Seattle. CSN Bay Area is reporting that the A’s will promote the slugging first baseman/outfielder to help fill the void created by two more Oakland injuries Sunday — 1B Daric Barton (left shoulder spasms) and OF Matt Watson (likely suffering from kidney stones).
Carter, who is hitting .262 with 27 home runs and 89 RBIs, was unexpectedly pulled from the River Cats’ lineup after driving in a run in his first at-bat during Sunday’s 11-7 loss to Round Rock.
In addition, CSN Bay Area reported that the A’s are also likely to bring up first baseman Jeff Larish from Sacramento. Larish is a former Detroit Tiger who was claimed off waivers recently. Larish, a Jack Cust-esque hitter, for lack of a better comparison, hit three home runs and drove in 10 runs in Sacramento’s doubleheader Friday.
Since infielder Adam Rosales (ankle tendinitis) is hurting just like Barton and Watson, the A’s have three candidates for the DL in order to make room for Carter and Larish.
Carter has been riding a torrid streak since the Triple-A All-Star break, hitting .362 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 25 games. During his streak, Carter’s on-base percentage has been .459 and he’s slugged at .691 for an OPS of 1.151.
Carter got off to a slow start in Sacramento after a breakthrough 2009 season for Double-A Midland that saw him capture Texas League Player of the Year honors for hitting .329 with 28 home runs and 115 RBIs.
Carter was acquired in the Dan Haren trade in December of 2007, along with Brett Anderson, Carlos Gonzalez, Dana Eveland, Greg Smith and Aaron Cunningham. Carter and Anderson are the only two who remain property of the A’s.