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The A’s will be without their biggest power source for awhile after placing designated hitter Khris Davis on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 13: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after striking out out to end the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 13, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Jim McIsaac/Getty Images After losing the man with the most home runs in the major leagues the past three years, the A’s added top prospect Franklin Barreto, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. In addition, the A’s recalled right-hander Daniel Gossett, who will start Wednesday against the Mariners.
The A’s also announced right-hander Wilmer Font was designated for assignment. Font, who was acquired after a disastrous stint with the Dodgers that included a 11.32 ERA, was even worse in Oakland. He compiled a 14.85 ERA in four games with the A’s. Oakland has 10 days to trade, waive or release Font.
Manager Bob Melvin on Tuesday was almost resigned to losing Davis for a stretch.
“Losing Khris Davis would be a tough one for us,” Melvin said. “He’s as prolific a power hitter as there is in baseball.”
Davis left Sunday’s game in Toronto when he felt “a stabbing pain” after he checked his swing. The right-handed hitting slugger is batting just .235 but he’s hit a team-leading 13 home runs and his 38 RBIs are third in the American League. Davis’ 98 home runs the past three seasons are the most in the majors and his 250 RBIs are the third-most.
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Gossett is making his second stop with the A’s this season. He started two games earlier this season, going 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA. However, Gossett has been solid with Nashville, going 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA while his Triple-A opponents have batted just .190 against him.
Barrett is also back with the A’s for the second time in 2018, but his first stint consisted of one game played against the Dodgers on April 11 and no at-bats. The 22-year-old was batting .235 with six home runs and 17 RBIs with Nashville.