Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is in the Oakland lineup batting as the designated hitter in the third position today after getting hit by a pitch thrown by Kansas City Royals reliever Franklin Morales in the ninth inning of Friday night's 5-2 loss. Vogt was hit "in the area below his right wrist," reports MLB.com's Trevor Hass, "but an X-ray revealed no broken bones." Asked by reporters about any intent given the events of the series last April, Vogt and teammates Jesse Hahn and Ike Davis did not believe the act was intentional.
Vogt says he felt fine when he woke up. His wrist is just a little bit sore, but it's nothing more serious and he's ready to play.— Trevor Hass (@TrevorHass) June 27, 2015
Vogt says he was going to DH today anyway, so the bruised wrist has nothing to do with that.— Trevor Hass (@TrevorHass) June 27, 2015
Billy Burns leg tightness results in second consecutive day off
Outfielder Billy Burns, sitting on a 15-game hitting streak, remains out of the lineup for a second consecutive day with leg tightness. MLB.com's Trevor Hass, tweeting from the Oakland clubhouse:
Burns on why he's out of the lineup again: "It’s just precautionary. I’ve had some tightness in my legs, and they know about it."— Trevor Hass (@TrevorHass) June 27, 2015
Burns said he didn't think he'd be out of the lineup again today.— Trevor Hass (@TrevorHass) June 27, 2015
Burns said he wasn't injured on one particular play. Gradual wear and tear and running a lot has led to soreness and tightness.— Trevor Hass (@TrevorHass) June 27, 2015
In the Bob Melvin press gaggle, the manager was more specific:
Burns dealing w/hip flexor issue. Melvin hopeful with another day off, can return tomorrow.— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) June 27, 2015
A's sign Phil Coke and assign him to High-A, minor league releases
The Oakland Athletics signed left-handed reliever Phil Coke to a minor league deal and assigned him to High-A Stockton, tweets Stockton Ports play-by-play broadcaster Zack Bayrouty. The 32-year-old Coke owns a career 4.20 ERA in 411 innings for the Yankees, Tigers, Cubs, and Blue Jays. He pitched 12⅔ innings of 5.68 ERA baseball this year between the Cubs and Jays.
The Athletics released Triple-A outfielders Matt Carson and Kent Matthes, tweets Baseball America's Matt Eddy. Carson, 33, was hitting .209/.296/.336 in 33 games for the Nashville Sound. Matthes, 28, was hitting .233/.294/.358 in 57 games. Their playing time was hampered recently with the arrival of waiver claim Jake Smolinski. Free agent Dayan Viciedo has also played in the outfield previously, but has so far been limited to first base and designated hitter.