The A's placed designated hitter Khris Davis on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Monday with a strained right groin, the club announced on Wednesday. The A's also recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett and infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville and designated right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font for assignment.
Davis is batting .235 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs and started each of the A's first 47 games before straining his right groin on Sunday at Toronto. He ranks third in the American League in RBIs and is seventh in home runs. His 98 home runs over the last three years are the most in the Majors and his 250 RBIs are tied for third. This is his second career stint on the DL, his first as an Athletic.
Gossett joins the A's for the second time in 2018. He was on the Opening Day roster and went 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in two starts before he was optioned to Nashville on April 7. The 25-year-old right-hander went 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA and .190 opponents' batting average in seven games, including five starts, with the Sounds. Gossett is leading the Pacific Coast League in ERA and opponents' batting average and is tied for fifth in wins.
Barreto also joins the A's for the second time this year. He was recalled the first time on April 7 and appeared in one game on April 11 at Los Angeles (NL) without an at-bat before he was optioned back to Nashville on April 16. The 22-year-old right-handed hitter -- ranked by MLB Pipeline as the A's No. 3 prospect -- is batting .235 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 32 games with the Sounds. Barreto has appeared in 23 games at second base, seven at shortstop and two at designated hitter.
Sounds like Bob Melvin isn't planning on having Khris Davis back in the #Athletics lineup any time soon:— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) 21 de mayo de 2018
"I can't imagine this isn't a DL. That's a big blow for us."#RootedInOakland Melvin on "Power Alley": pic.twitter.com/NQKLmZjUMr
Font was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 25 for Minor League pitcher Logan Salow and compiled a 14.85 ERA in four games with the A's after posting an 11.32 ERA in six outings with the Dodgers. He has a 12.71 ERA and .388 opponents' batting average in 10 games overall and has surrendered 10 home runs in 17 innings.
When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
"Losing Khris Davis would be a tough one for us," A's manager Bob Melvin said before the move was official. "He's as prolific a power hitter as anyone in baseball, so any team, no matter the configuration of players, that one would hurt, so hopefully we don't lose him for a long period of time. If that is the case, then other guys have to step up."