Donaldson to catch as part of utility role

Donaldson to catch as part of utility role

Donaldson to catch as part of utility role
MINNEAPOLIS -- With Anthony Recker out of the big league picture for now, the A's plan on relying on Josh Donaldson to handle backup catching duties, while at the same time serving in a utility role that could result in occasional starts at not only third base but first as well.

Recker was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday to clear a roster spot for Brandon Inge, forcing Donaldson to reintroduce himself to his catching gear. He temporarily put away the tools of ignorance in Spring Training when he assumed the everyday third-base role in the wake of Scott Sizemore's season-ending knee injury.

"He'll do a little bit of everything," manager Bob Melvin said. "He'll have multiple gloves. It is always nice to have that versatility. He's a great athlete."

Donaldson, who started five games at catcher during a three-week stint with Sacramento earlier this season, will spell regular backstop Kurt Suzuki occasionally. He went right to work on Monday, catching a handful of bullpen sesions.

Donaldson had started each of the last 14 games at third base, going 9-for-50. On the season, his batting average rests at .145.