Snelling to DL, Bocachica called up

Yet another player to the DL...

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A’s today placed outfielder Chris Snelling on the 15-day Disabled List retroactive to May 11 with a left knee contusion.  To take his spot on the roster, the A’s have selected outfielder Hiram Bocachica from Triple-A Sacramento.

Snelling was acquired by the A’s from Washington on May 2 and hit .350 with no RBI in six games with Oakland after batting .204 with a home run and seven RBI in 24 games with the Nationals.  He injured his knee in the second inning last Thursday at Kansas City and has not played since then.  This is Snelling’s eighth career stint on the Disabled List and he has had two stints on the DL in each of the previous two seasons.

Bocachica was batting .313 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 35 games with Sacramento.  He is tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in extra base hits (21), ranks fourth in on-base percentage (.444), tied for fourth in home runs and fifth in RBI and slugging percentage (.618).  Bocachica was on the A’s 40-man roster prior to spring training but was designated for assignment on February 14 when the A’s claimed Lenny DiNardo off waivers.  He was released on February 22 but signed a minor league deal with the A’s on February 28 and hit .111 with one RBI in 20 spring training games.

The A’s have now used the Disabled List 10 times this year after using it just 15 times all last year.  Snelling is one of eight players currently on the DL along with Chris Denorfia, Rich Harden, Bobby Kielty, Mark Kotsay, Esteban Loaiza, Mike Piazza and Huston Street.  This marks the first time the A’s have had at least eight players on the DL since August 27-29, 1997 when they had 11 players on the DL.