Sogard replaces Rosales on big league roster

Sogard replaces Rosales on big league roster

Sogard replaces Rosales on big league roster
OAKLAND -- The A's announced before Saturday's game against the Padres that they sent utility man Adam Rosales down to Triple-A Sacramento and had recalled infielder Eric Sogard to take his place in Oakland. Sogard was on the team's Opening Day roster, and he returns for his second stint with the team.

"Those two, we really feel like both of them are part of the team, probably only one here at a time, and that's a difficult role to stay current and stay up to speed with your at-bats," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "As we've seen, send a guy down, get him consistent at-bats and bring him back here when he's more comfortable and ready to contribute. Whether or not that happens more times during the season, we'll see, but we feel like both those guys are part of the team."

Rosales was on the roster for one of Oakland's opening games against Seattle in Japan, but he spent most of the early part of the season at Sacramento before being called up to the A's on May 17. He was hitting .167 in 13 games and 24 at-bats.

As for Sogard, the infielder struggled in his initial stint with the club, hitting .136 in 21 games before being sent down May 21. He said it was difficult to adjust to not playing every day when with Oakland, but he thinks he's better prepared for that role.

"The more you go through it, the more you learn and you get more comfortable doing it," Sogard said. "Hopefully this time around I'll feel good, I'll relax and play my game."

Sogard played games at third base, second base and shortstop in his previous time with the A's, and Melvin said that would remain the case. The manager said he expects to give third baseman Brandon Inge a day off soon, perhaps in the series against the Dodgers early next week, and that Sogard would fill in for him when that happens.