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09/17/11 5:03 PM ET

Carter, Godfrey return to A's from Sacramento

OAKLAND -- First baseman Chris Carter and right-hander Graham Godfrey returned to the Majors after Triple-A Sacramento lost, 11-6, to the Omaha Storm Chasers, who completed a three-game sweep in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series on Friday.

Godfrey is making his third stint with the A's this season. He's 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA in four starts. He went 14-3 with a 2.68 ERA in 19 games, 18 starts, for the River Cats. He led the PCL in wins.

Carter was with the A's from June 23 to July 14 this year, appearing in 10 games. At Sacramento, he hit .274 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs in 75 games.

"History suggests he takes awhile to acclimate," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "The numbers he's putting up recently suggest he's pretty comfortable."

Carter batted .133 (4-for-30) with the A's earlier this year.

Braden to travel with A's in Anaheim and Seattle

OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Dallas Braden, who has been on the disabled list since April 17 and had surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder in May, was with the club Saturday and will join them for the final six games of the year on the road in Anaheim and Seattle.

"I understand he's on schedule, if not ahead of schedule," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I have been in his vicinity and I hear him all the time, but I haven't had a chance to talk to him. I love his energy."

Braden, who pitched a perfect game on Mother's Day in 2010, was simulating his pitching motion as part of his rehab before the game.

"He wants to pitch," Melvin said. "He's chomping at the bit."

Worth noting

• A's manager Bob Melvin said he's noticed Hideki Matsui has extended his strike zone and swung at a few pitches he would normally lay off. That's all part of a long season, said the A's manager, and means Matsui will likely get a day or two off soon.

• Ryan Sweeney (strain in upper quad of his right leg) rode a bicycle to test the injury and said he felt fine. He is still a day or two away from resuming baseball activities.

• Melvin said he is impressed with right-hander Andrew Carignan, who has pitched at four levels this year, beginning with Class A Stockton. "He seems to be a kid who doesn't get rattled," Melvin said. "He comes into games and throws strikes."

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.