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A's catch break with Mark Canha's injury, activate Stephen Piscotty

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A's catch break with Mark Canha's injury, activate Stephen Piscotty

The A's appear to have caught a break after outfielder Mark Canha left Wednesday's game with a left groin strain.

Canha told reporters in Seattle that he felt much better on Thursday and could even be available off the bench against the Mariners.

That is good news for an A's team that has relied heavily on Canha's tremendous performance this season, both offensively and defensively. The 30-year-old is slashing .275/.399/.524 with a career-high 26 home runs and 58 RBI.

"(He's feeling) better," Oakland manager Bob Melvin told reporters. "Whenever you have to come off the field and you hear about a groin strain, your mind goes to a bad place. But he's feeling better today. It could be a day-to-day proposition."

Meanwhile, the A's activated right fielder Stephen Piscotty from the 10-day injured list prior to Thursday night's game in Seattle. The 28-year-old has missed the last 29 games with a sprained right ankle but will be active for the final series of the regular season.

Piscotty is slashing .252/.312/.416 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 92 games this season. Last year, he notched a career-high 27 homers and 88 RBI.

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If both Canha and Piscotty can return to the lineup, they would likely join Ramón Laureano to form the A's starting outfield, with Seth Brown, Robbie Grossman, and Chad Pinder also potentially getting some playing time in certain situations.

A's calling up slugger Seth Brown to replace injured Stephen Piscotty

A's calling up slugger Seth Brown to replace injured Stephen Piscotty

The A's losing the Bay Bridge Series to the Giants was topped with a not so sweet cherry: Outfielder Stephen Piscotty would go on the 10-day injured list with a high right ankle sprain.

With that news, the A's announced they will recall first baseman Seth Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas. In a corresponding move, the A's have designated outfielder Nick Martini for assignment. 

Brown is hitting .297/.352/.634 with 37 home runs this season in Triple-A. In his last 10 games alone, he's sporting a .405 average. 

This season, Brown has moved around playing first base and the outfield, filling the empty spot left from Piscotty and the injured Ramón Laureano.

The 27-year-old spoke to KDRV, the ABC affiliate in Medford, Ore. in a phone interview and was emotional after Aviators manager Fran Riordan gave him the news during batting practice prior to their game in Tacoma, Wash. Brown called his dad after receiving word.

This is Brown's first major league call-up.

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The A's begin a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Monday. 

How A's will compensate for loss of Stephen Piscotty to injured list

How A's will compensate for loss of Stephen Piscotty to injured list

OAKLAND -- The A's 5-4 loss to the Giants on Sunday was compounded by more bad news on the injury front. Oakland manager Bob Melvin announced after the game that right fielder Stephen Piscotty would have to go on the 10-day injured list with a right ankle injury.

Piscotty underwent an MRI earlier Sunday and the results revealed a high ankle sprain. He will see a specialist on Monday in order to determine a timetable for his return.

"Not how I wanted to start my day, that's for sure," Piscotty said. "But there's nothing I can do about it now. I've just got to suck it up, put my work in, and get this ankle right and then get back and rejoin the team."

Piscotty, 28, initially suffered the injury last weekend on an awkward slide back into second base on a pickoff attempt. He was able to play through the ailment but felt more discomfort in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

"There was a swing last night that maybe aggravated it," Piscotty said. "It was progressing in the right direction and then took a step back."

With Piscotty going on the IL, Melvin said the A's will make a corresponding move on Monday. That will likely be the return of outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Las Vegas. The 29-year-old left Sunday's Aviators game early after going 2-for-4 with a home run.

Martini has played in six games with the A's this season, going 1-for-11 with a home run, two RBI, and two walks. Last year as a rookie, he slashed .296/.397/.414 in 55 games.

Without Piscotty, the A's starting outfield will likely consist of Mark Canha, Chad Pinder, and Robbie Grossman until Ramón Laureano is ready to return from a stress reaction in his right shin. Laureano is making good progress and could be back in early September.

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Martini could also get some playing time in the outfield, as could Jurickson Profar, who has already played two games in left field this season. The A's will have even more option in September when the rosters expand.

Oakland heads out on a seven-game road trip this week featuring four games against the Royals and three against the Yankees.