This morning on 95.7 the Game's Bucher, Towny, & Huff (at 6:10, audio will auto-play), Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced that Kyle Blanks will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain, making room for Josh Reddick's activation ahead of the eight-game road trip.
According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Kyle Blanks started yesterday's game playing on a left calf strain. He exited the game at the end of the second inning after failing to score from third on a Stephen Vogt ground ball. There is as yet no word on the severity of Blanks' calf strain, but his earliest activation date is July 8, during the A's series against the San Francisco Giants. Blanks played primarily at first base for the A's, though he more frequently played the corner outfield positions when he was with the San Diego Padres.
The A's were expected to activate Josh Reddick before Tuesday's game against the New York Mets, but it was unclear before Blanks' injury which member of the roster would be optioned to Sacramento. Candidates had included Eric Sogard, Stephen Vogt, and even Josh Reddick. From an unscientific Athletics Nation poll last week conducted with 1,084 responses, 73% of voters desired to option Sogard, 20% would have kept Reddick with the River Cats, and 7% would have optioned Stephen Vogt.
There was some talk last night that Derek Norris' bat to the head could result in him moving to the 7-day concussion list. However, he stated on Twitter that he intends to be playing at Citi Field on Tuesday.
Thanks everyone for good wishes and prayers. Lookin forward to gettin back on the field on Tuesday in New York. #protectivemullet— Derek Norris (@d_no36) June 23, 2014
These roster moves make Brandon Moss and Alberto Callaspo available to play first base. Stephen Vogt played first base in the ninth inning in Sunday's game, the first time he had done so at the major league level. Reddick, Moss, Vogt, and Craig Gentry are available in right field.