Oakland Athletics - PlayerWatch


4:18 AM EDT, July 29, 2014


OF Craig Gentry was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a broken right hand, an injury he sustained Sunday against the Texas Rangers. He might be able to return in mid-August. Gentry was batting .264 with 10 RBIs and 18 stolen bases (in 19 attempts) in 80 games. He ranks third in the American League in stolen base percentage (.947), is tied for ninth in steals, and is tied for sixth among AL outfielders with seven assists.

3B Josh Donaldson finished 2-for-4 with a double and improved his career batting average against the Astros to .364 (39-for-107). Donaldson is hitting .375 (15-for-40) in 11 games against Houston this season.

1B Stephen Vogt, who homered in the third inning and doubled in the fifth, is batting .393 (33-for-84) over his past 23 games. His home run against Astros LHP Brett Oberholtzer, his fifth on the season, was his first in 2014 against a southpaw.

CF Billy Burns had his contract selected from Double-A Midland, and he made his major league debut when he pinch-hit for RF Josh Reddick in the ninth inning. He lined out.

OF Kenny Wilson was designated for assignment by the A's to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for CF Billy Burns. Wilson, 24, was hitting .135 through 14 games for Triple-A Sacramento. He was claimed off waivers from Toronto earlier this month.

CF Coco Crisp (sore neck) returned to Oakland to undergo an MRI exam, and he might land on the disabled list. He almost certainly won't play in the three-game series at Houston that began Monday.