A's Select C Maxwell from Nashville; Place C Vogt on Family Medical Leave List
The Oakland A's selected catcher Bruce Maxwell from Triple-A Nashville and placed catcher Stephen Vogt on the family medical leave list, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's transferred right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez to the 60-day disabled list.
Maxwell batted .321 with 12 doubles, a career-high 10 home runs, 41 RBI and a .539 slugging percentage in 60 games in his Triple-A debut with Nashville. He hit safely in each of his final eight games, going 18-for-28 (.643) with 11 runs, five home runs and 16 RBI. The 25-year-old left-handed hitter went 4-for-5 July 14 at El Paso and 5-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI a week ago today against the Chihuahuas. Maxwell made all 60 of his appearances at catcher and tossed out 30-of-77 (39.0%) attempted base stealers. He was selected by the A's with the Minnesota Twins second round pick of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft as compensation for Josh Willingham and is a .266 hitter with 25 home runs and 201 RBI in 431 minor league games over five professional seasons.
Rodriguez was 2-0 with a 4.20 ERA in 34 relief appearances with the A's when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 4 with a strained right shoulder. He is one of nine players on the A's 60-day DL.