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Oakland Athletics add four more call-ups

The Oakland Athletics called up four more players to their September roster.

Joey Wendle makes the turn over a sliding Kyle Blanks. / Photo by Chris Lockard
Joey Wendle returns to the big leagues. / Photo by Chris Lockard

With the Nashville Sounds’ season at an end, the Oakland Athletics added four more players to their September roster: Renato NunezJoey WendleDaniel Mengden and Raul Alcantara. All four players made their major-league debuts with the A’s last season.

Nunez, Wendle, Mengden and Alcantara join Franklin BarretoSam MollJake Smolinski and Josh Phegley as players who were added to the A’s expanded rosters in September. Alcantara, who was designated for assignment in April, was re-added to the 40-man roster. Paul Blackburn was moved to the 60-day DL. He is out for the year with a bone bruise in his wrist.

Nunez joins the A’s after a strong Triple-A campaign during which he hit 32 homeruns, the most amongst A’s minor leaguers. He established career-highs in homeruns and walks (47) and he posted his best slugging percentage (.518) since his Arizona Rookie League campaign in 2012.

Wendle missed the first six weeks of the season with a right shoulder injury, but he played regularly once he was healthy. He hit .285/.327/.429 with eight homers and 13 stolen bases. Wendle also added significant defensive versatility, playing 24 games at third base and five games at shortstop, in addition to 82 games at his customary second base.

Mengden’s season was ruined by injury, first by a broken foot during the off-season and then by a shoulder strain that cost him much of the middle part of the season. Mengden made 11 appearances in the minor leagues this season, two in the AZL and nine with the Sounds. With Nashville, he posted a 4.17 ERA and a 40:18 K:BB in 41 innings. He also made two starts for the A’s in late May/early June and allowed nine runs in eight innings. Mengden will make a start for Game Two of the A’s double-header with his original organization, the Houston Astros, on Saturday.

Alcantara began the year on the A’s 25-man roster, but he was designated for assignment after allowing 13 earned runs in seven innings over three appearances. He cleared waivers and got off to a strong start with the Sounds, but he landed on the DL with a forearm strain on May 27. He returned to the mound on July 17 in the AZL and re-joined Nashville on July 29. Since re-joining the Sounds, Alcantara has been working out of the bullpen. He has pitched well in that role, posting a 1.99 ERA in 22.2 innings. Alcantara will continue to pitch in relief for the A’s in September.

One notable name that wasn’t called up was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who hit .266 with a .346 OBP in 143 at-bats with the A’s earlier this season. Brugman fouled a pitch off of his toe on August 16 and sustained a break. He is out six weeks. If healthy in time, Brugman hopes to play winter ball, according to A’s Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman.

Other Notes:

— The Vermont Lake Monsters’ game against Tri-City was cancelled because of rain. They are the only A’s affiliate still playing regular season games.

— The Stockton Ports begin their post-season on Wednesday in Modesto. They will send Logan Shore to the mound to face the Nuts in Game One.

— The Midland RockHounds also begin their post-season on Wednesday. They will send A.J. PukJames Naile and Casey Meisner for the first three games of their series against the San Antonio Missions. The RockHounds are attempting to win their fourth straight Texas League title.

— 1B Matt Olson hit his 15th homerun of the season for the A’s. Olson hit 23 for the Nashville Sounds earlier in the year, giving him a career-high 38 in 2017. Olson hit 37 in 2014 for the Stockton Ports.

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