To fill his place on the 25-man roster and give some of the other outfielders a break, Oakland recalled Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento. Because Young’s DL is retroactive to April 30, he, fellow outfielder Coco Crisp and pitcher Brett Anderson are all eligible to come back on May 15.
Taylor will likely start on Sunday against the New York Yankees and Andy Pettitte. Since Crisp went down, Seth Smith has been more or less been playing every day. He’s struggled the past two games, though, and will likely be given the day off Sunday in favor of the right-handed Taylor.
Hopefully, the A’s will give Taylor a few starts this time so they can properly evaluate his talents. He was up earlier in April, but that stint only lasted for one start and six at-bats before he was optioned back down to Triple-A.
Other note: infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, who still hasn’t made his official A’s debut due to an injury suffered in Spring Training, made his first rehabilitation start in Sacramento last night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and committing one error in the field.
By all accounts, such as those of A’s writers Susan Slusser and Casey Pratt, he’s recovered well from the hamstring injury he suffered in March, though he’s expected to continue with his rehab assignment for a few weeks before the team considers him ready enough to be called back up to the majors.