Joey Wendle will be half of A’s second base platoon.
Joey Wendel, who was almost certainly going to be called up after the rosters expanded from 25 to 40 on Thursday, got a jump on the competition when he was promoted Wednesday from Triple-A Nashville to Oakland and immediately went into the A’s starting lineup.
The arrival of Wendel, picked up from the A’s in the Brandon Moss trade of two winters ago, does a minor remake of the A’s infield. Max Muncy, who had been getting most of the work at second base, will step into the outfield as a backup with Wendle and Chad Pinder, called up last week, moving into a platoon at second base.
“I didn’t think it would be this soon,’’ Wendle admitted. He was called into Nashville manager Steve Scarsone’s office Tuesday night and told him he’d been promoted.
Jarrod Parker and his agents are looking for answer in the wake of his latest injury.
Jarrod Parker is taking the weekend away from the A’s spring training camp to digest the implications of his latest injury, a re-fracture of his right elbow that has put his immediate athletic future in doubt.
Parker will rejoin the A’s on Monday, executive vice president Billy Beane said Saturday morning. Between now and then, Parker will have plenty to think about. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2013, during which time he’s had one Tommy John surgery, a couple of elbow fractures and two years filled with almost nothing but injury rehabilitation.
Two A’s minor league prospects, left-handed starting pitcher Sean Manaea and second baseman Chad Pinder, were named to the Arizona Fall League’s 2015 Top Prospects team Monday.
Manaea, picked up by Oakland when the A’s traded Ben Zobrist to Kansas City mid-season, led the AFL with 33 strikes and 11.57 strikeouts per nine innings. He was the East Division starter in the Nov. 7 Fall Stars Game, throwing two scoreless innings with four strikeouts and no hits allowed.
He is rated as MLB.com’s No. 3 A’s prospect and the No. 10 overall left-handed pitching prospect.
Pinder, who also played for Mesa Solar Sox this fall, hit four homers and divided his playing time between shortstop and second base while hitting .235.
Neither man is on the 40-man roster, but both are strong candidates to get invitations to spring training.