The Athletics officially placed first baseman Ike Davis on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 14 and recalled outfielder Craig Gentry from Triple-A Nashville. Davis has a Grade 2 strain to his left quadriceps, tweets the Bay Area News Group's Jimmy Durkin. Looking at similar injuries, it can take anywhere from three to six weeks to return.
MLB.com's Jane Lee reported the coming transaction late Saturday night. Gentry was removed from Nashville's contest against the New Orleans Zephyrs in the top of the fourth inning and replaced by Matt Carson. Nashville went on to lose 7-5 in 18 innings.
Gentry was demoted to Triple-A on May 6 after starting the year 3-for-35 with 13 strikeouts and just three walks. Since his demotion to Triple-A, Gentry has gone 6-for-33 with five walks and seven strikeouts.
Because Gentry was on optional assignment for fewer than 20 days, his accrual of major league service time continues without interruption. On July 1, Gentry would reach five years service time if he remains with the big league club, and gain the right to refuse a minor league assignment after that date.
Gentry is travelling from Nashville, though with the A's facing right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija, it is not essential that Gentry be at the game right at the first pitch of Sunday's day game beginning at 1:05 PM.
Oakland has alternatives at first base between Mark Canha, Max Muncy, Billy Butler, and Stephen Vogt, though obviously the club will miss Davis's glove as well as his offensive production. So far, Davis is batting .282/.348/.427 in 115 plate appearances, mostly against right-handed pitching.