Oakland Athletics’ first baseman Ike Davis hasn’t played in a game since May 11, with the exception of a pinch hit appearance on May 13 against the Boston Red Sox has been officially moved to the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain.
In a corresponding move outfielder Craig Gentry has been re-called from Triple-A Nashville, the transaction is retroactive to May 14.
Gentry was removed from the Nashville Sounds game during the fourth inning on Saturday in order to be able to join the big league club as soon as possible. The A’s are facing the big right-hander Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox Sunday at 1:05 pm PT.
Although Gentry will likely not play in Sunday’s game, the move helps to preserve his accrual of major league service time. Gentry spent officially just nine days in the minors on an optional assignment his accrual of service time remains interrupted. That would not be the case if he had been with the Sounds for 20 straight days.
The A’s are not in desperate need for someone at either first base or in the outfield.
They currently have Coco Crisp, Billy Burns and Josh Reddick to man their outfield and have a number of options of players who can takeover for Davis at first base including their regular designated hitter Billy Butler, Rule 5 draft pick Mark Canha, Max Muncy and catcher Stephen Vogt.
Gentry was demoted to Triple-A, after starting the season 3-35 with 13 strikeouts and only three walks, on May sixth. Since moving down to Nashville Gentry has gone 6-33 with seven strikeouts and five walks.
If Gentry remains with the A’s until July 1 he will have five years of major league service time which then gives him the option to refuse a demotion to the minor leagues.
Of course that may or may not be the case depending upon Gentry’s performance being back at the big league level, how long Davis’ recovery actually takes and the performance of other players such as Muncy.
Davis’ glove will be missed at first. The A’s currently have the most errors in the American League with 30 so far in 2015. Davis has been one of the more solid members on defense, having only committed two on the season.
His bat will be missed by the Athletics, as well, who seem to be able to score runs but not keep the lead in most of their games. Davis was batting .282/.385/.427 with two home runs and 11 RBI on the season.
They also lose a potential emergency pitcher in Davis whose father Ron Davis is a former MLB pitcher. Davis pitched a perfect inning for the A’s against the Los Angeles Angels on April 25, throwing just nine pitches (six of which were strikes) and inducing three straight ground outs.