Checking in with the pregame A’s news, including a DL transaction …
The A’s placed shortstop Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left elbow Friday, recalling infielder Eric Sogard from Triple-A Sacramento to take his spot.
Pennington said he hurt his elbow while taking extra swings in the batting cage during a four-game series at Texas at the end of June. He received a cortisone shot as the team went into the All-Star break and said the elbow felt better immediately after the break, but then it regressed again. It’s his non-throwing elbow, and the pain bothers the switch hitter most when he’s batting from the left side. He’s not sure when he’ll be ready to return.
“I have no idea because we were hoping the days during the break would be enough,” he said. “I don’t know if it will be 4 or 5 or 10 (days). I just got the MRI.” He’s eligible to be activated Aug. 4. A’s manager Bob Melvin said Sogard will start against right-handed pitchers, with Brandon Hicks likely playing against lefties as he had been with Pennington healthy.
But Pennington’s injury underscores the idea that shortstop could be an area the A’s look to upgrade before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They have been linked to Arizona’s Stephen Drew and Toronto’s Yunel Escobar in speculation. Pennington, a .259 career hitter coming into this season, has been mired in a season-long slump. His .197 batting average and .259 on-base percentage were second-lowest in the entire majors among qualifying players entering Friday, and his .282 slugging percentage was rock bottom.
A’s — Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Reddick RF, Cespedes LF, Smith DH, Moss 1B, Inge 3B, Sogard SS, Suzuki C; Milone LHP.
Yankees — Jeter SS, Granderson CF, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Cano DH, Swisher RF, Jones LF, Nix 2B, Martin C; Nova RHP.