Stephen Piscotty's right knee sprain will keep him out of the Oakland A's lineup for at least the next 10 days.
The A's announced Saturday that the right fielder had been placed on the injured list, with Franklin Barreto called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace him on the roster.
Oakland has recalled INF Franklin Barreto from AAA Las Vegas. OF Stephen Piscotty has been placed on 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain.— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) June 30, 2019
Over last 40 games with Vegas, Barreto hit .358 (58x162) with 42 R, 19 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR, 39 RBI and a .398 OBP with a .698 SLG.
Piscotty left Saturday's game in Anaheim during the sixth inning after he made an awkward slide into second base. He walked off the field with the help of A's third baseman Matt Chapman and manager Bob Melvin, and the team said Piscotty would have an MRI on the knee. Melvin updated reporters Sunday with news that the MRI would come Monday and the injury might not be as bad as it first appeared.
One year after he had a career-high 27 homers and 88 RBI, Piscotty had a .242/.306/.391 slash line with nine homers and 34 RBI in 76 games.
Barreto, who was playing well in Vegas, has a .215/.252/.424 slash line with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 58 games over three seasons with the A's. He was called up over other options such as Skye Bolt, Dustin Fowler and Nick Martini, and likely gives Oakland outfield depth, with Mark Canha taking over in right, Robbie Grossman and Chad Pinder platooning in left, and Ramón Laureano anchored in center.
Barreto immediately drew into the A’s lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the AL West rival Angels, hitting seventh and playing second base, his original position before he was moved to the outfield. Pinder took Piscotty’s spot in right, and Grossman will be in left.
Here are the lineups for both teams.
Here's how the Angels will line up in the series finale. First pitch at 1:07pm. pic.twitter.com/0dez10atCu— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 30, 2019
Pregame coverage on NBC Sports California starts at 12:30 p.m., with first pitch scheduled for 1:07.