The Athletics recalled first baseman Nate Freiman from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Nick Punto on the active roster. Punto was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, according to a press release from the team.
With Punto gone, second base will fall to left-handed hitting Eric Sogard and switch-hitting Alberto Callaspo. This injury comes on the heels of a report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that Oakland was looking into signing Scott Sizemore, recently released by the New York Yankees.
Nate Freiman's return to the team may mean that Stephen Vogt may not factor as frequently at first base against left-handed pitching. The recent shortage of outfielders with Coco Crisp and Craig Gentry hurt have forced the A's to use Stephen Vogt at first base against left-handed pitching while Brandon Moss mans an outfield position:
|Stephen Vogt 2014 splits|
Nate Freiman will be available off the bench for today's game as they face the right-hander James Shields at 1:05 pm.
The #Athletics lineup for today's game against the Royals. #GreenCollar pic.twitter.com/NUXy6l6y4u— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) August 3, 2014