OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's today placed shortstop Bobby Crosby on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand and recalled infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A Sacramento.
Crosby was hit by a Justin Speier pitch in the eighth inning of the game last night at Los Angeles. He was batting .226 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 93 games at the time of the injury. This is Crosby's fifth career stint on the disabled list as he was on the DL twice in each of the previous two seasons. He was limited to 96 games last year and 84 games in 2005.
Murphy joins the A's for the fourth time this year. He was with the club from May 23 to 31, June 8 to 15 and June 29 to July 17 and is 0 for 6 in eight games with Oakland. Murphy was batting .326 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 45 games with Sacramento and went 5 for 16 (.313) with three RBI in four games following his last option on July 17. He appeared in 39 games at shortstop, four at second base, one at third base and one in left field for the River Cats.
This is the 18th time the A's have used the disabled list this year, which is the most times they have used the DL since they used it 21 times in 1997. Crosby is one of six players currently on the DL and the players on the DL this year have combined to miss 766 games.