|Athletics add infield depth by acquiring Jack Hannahan from Tigers|
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|Tuesday, 14 August 2007 16:43|
The A's traded outfielder Jason Perry for Hannahan, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento and joined the A's in time to start at third base for Tuesday night's series opener with the Chicago White Sox. Oakland optioned infielder J.J. Furmaniak to Sacramento in order to clear roster room for Hannahan.
``He's going to get a shot to play,'' Geren said. ``We'll definitely get a chance to see what he can do.''
Chavez has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3 because of lower back spasms and is scheduled to rest for another week before being re-evaluated.
Also Tuesday, left-hander Dan Meyer joined the A's after being recalled Monday when struggling left-hander Dallas Braden was sent down. Manager Bob Geren said Meyer was available out of the bullpen, but also was still in consideration to start Friday against the Kansas City Royals.
But right-hander Esteban Loaiza could be activated from the disabled list to start Friday - which would be his first outing of the year. He allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings of a rehab outing for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday and pronounced himself ready to go, though Geren said he ideally would have one more appearance in the minors first. Loaiza has been throwing all his pitches without problems, even if he's not yet quite 100 percent with his surgically repaired knee.
``I'm fine,'' Loaiza said. ``I threw 92-93 (mph) the other day. I've had good stuff. ... I'm really anxious. I want to be up here and help the team. I want to start, I want to pitch, I want to win games.''
The 27-year-old Hannahan, who grew up playing third base but also can play first and second, was batting .295 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs in 101 games with Triple-A Toledo. He had been leading the International League in on-base percentage at .422.
He was pulled out of a game in Indianapolis and told he had been traded to the A's. Hannahan then returned home to Toledo to pack his things and flew to Oakland late Monday.
``It was a huge surprise,'' he said. ``Baseball's a crazy game.''