The Oakland Athletics selected the contract of catcher Bryan Anderson and transferred starting pitcher Kendall Graveman to the 60-day disabled list to open a roster spot for the catcher. Josh Phegley is out with a concussion sustained when he was hit in the back of the head by a bat during batting practice Friday, reports MLB.com's Chandler Rome. The concussion left the A's with just one catcher, Carson Blair, while Stephen Vogt missed his 12th straight game recovering from a groin injury.
This is Anderson's second visit to the A's roster, having been called up as the third catcher last September behind Derek Norris and Geovany Soto while John Jaso was out with a season-ending concussion and Stephen Vogt was limited to first base duties. Anderson received very little playing time, getting just one game-ending plate appearance last year and no time behind the plate. He has made seven career MLB starts at catcher dating back to 2010 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Anderson may get more playing time this time around, depending on Stephen Vogt's health. There is hope that Vogt will return to the lineup for today's concluding game against the Astros, though whether Vogt returns to catch this season remains to be seen.
With Triple-A Nashville this season, the 28-year-old Anderson hit .202/.273/.288 with three home runs, 27 walks, and 93 strikeouts in 322 plate appearances.