The Oakland Athletics placed infielder Alberto Callaspo on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. He left Friday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning.
Callaspo strained his right hamstring running to first base during his first at-bat in the A’s 3-2 loss to the Mariners. He was replaced in the lineup by first baseman Nate Freiman.
The team has called up infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento. Parrino was called up in mid-June and started two games for the Athletics while Callaspo was on paternity leave. Parrino is hitting .284 in 81 games with the Sacramento River Cats but has been hitting only .222 since being sent back down on June 19.
Callaspo is a huge asset to the Athletics even though he is only hitting .234 this season. He has three home runs and 31 RBI in 83 games. Callaspo is the most versitle player in the A’s lineup – being able to play defensively at first, second and third base. He has also started in the designated hitter spot.
This is only Callaspo’s third stint on the DL in his nine season in the Majors and just his first since coming to the Athletics in a trade from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last July.
Hopefully for Oakland, Callaspo will be back as soon as the 15 days are up as second base is their one weak position. A’s fans (and likely the players as well) are hoping for general manager Billy Beane to make a move for a second baseman or shortstop before the July 31 trade deadline.