Elephants in Oakland is reporting that Juan Cruz and Tim Harikkala have been optioned to Sacramento -- and Jairo Garcia and lefty Ron Flores have been called up to Oakland. I haven't seen this reported anywhere else. But EIO has very good sources -- especially in Sacramento -- so I have no reason to doubt him.
This could be a significant move. It may also be a prelude to some trades, either of one or both of these two (showcasing) or even shipping out Rincon while he still has value and is owed a good chunk of his 2005 salary.