Roster Moves: Cespedes, Straily back

Dan. Straily. - Bob Levey

The A's made one anticipated roster move today, and another relatively unexpected one that will come to fruition tomorrow.

Casey Pratt has the news for us:

The casualty for Cespedes is Casper Wells:

The news about Cespedes comes as no surprise. It was previously reported that Cespedes had taken batting practice in Boston, and completed a three-day rehab assignment with the River Cats uneventfully. His presence in the lineup will be a welcome addition, and will likely push Chris Young and Seth Smith back into a platooning role. That said, Smith has been hot and Young has not been, so I'd personally like to see more of Smith for now.

With regards to Wells, I assume the A's must think he'll clear waivers again and make it back down to Sacramento. Else, why bother paying $100K for him in the first place? If he is claimed, though, he will join the ranks of Ryan Langerhans as having one of the shortest-lived Athletics careers ever. Kind of like a ghost, you might say.

The news about Anderson and Straily is somewhat unexpected though. Despite a mild sprained ankle he suffered in his Tampa start (that he said was not an issue), Anderson has not seemed right since he took two comebackers off his hand in his start at Houston. Even if he is just skipped one start, I think some resting of his injuries, or a mechanical adjustment on his landing is bound to help him. He is not this bad of a pitcher, and the A's need 20-25 GOOD starts out of him to remain competitive this year. The corresponding roster move for him will be interesting though: will he be officially DLed and backdated to Wednesday? Will someone like Jesse Chavez get the heave ho? Surely we will find out tomorrow.

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