The Oakland Athletics said good-bye to the leader of their clubhouse on Thursday, designating veteran catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment. The A’s also placed third baseman Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with a skin infection on his left knee. Chapman has been out with the infection since June 19.
Replacing Vogt on the A’s roster and in their catching rotation is rookie Bruce Maxwell, who joins the A’s for the third time this season. Maxwell recently was activated off of the Triple-A Nashville disabled list for an oblique strain. He had two hits on Tuesday (the Sounds were off on Wednesday) and Maxwell is batting .286/.344/.464 in 84 at-bats for the Sounds this season. He had four hits in 19 at-bats during his previous two stints with the A’s this year. Maxwell is expected to take over as the A’s primary catcher against right-handed starting pitchers.
Vogt was batting only .217 at the time of his DFA. An All-Star each of the past two seasons, Vogt has struggled dating back to the second half of last season. With the A’s headed towards a youth movement, it became clear in recent weeks that Vogt wasn’t likely part of the team’s longterm future as he began to lose playing time to back-up Josh Phegley.
The A’s will have 10 days to find a trade partner for Vogt or let him go on a waiver claim. If he isn’t traded and clears waivers, Vogt could be offered a Triple-A assignment from the A’s.
Chapman lands on the DL with a knee infection just a week after arriving in the big leagues. He had three hits and two walks in 14 at-bats over his first four games in the big leagues. Chapman has been taking oral antibiotics for the infection since Monday and he may not need more than the remaining seven days of his DL stint to recover.
Replacing Chapman on the A’s roster is first baseman Matt Olson, who re-joins the team for the fourth time this season. Olson has received only nine at-bats over six games in those previous three stints. He is having a very strong year for Triple-A Nashville. Olson hit a walk-off homer on Tuesday and is batting .271/.365/.561 with 17 homers and 33 walks in 58 games for the Sounds.
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