6/25/2013 9:50 P.M. ET
Coliseum facilities overhauled in wake of sewage issue
By Jane Lee and Jeff Kirshman / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Amid the A's stadium saga and discussion over whether and where the team could switch locations, the Coliseum received a much-needed Band-Aid last week during a seven-game road trip against the American League West.
The Coliseum's grounds crew responded to the sewage problem that forced both the A's and Mariners to shower in area usually designated for the Raiders, who share the stadium with the A's, by repairing all the areas affected.
"Anything that could've been contaminated, we removed," said David Rinetti, A's vice president of stadium operations.
That includes new carpeting and flooring to both the A's and visitor's clubhouses, visitor's trainings room, the umpire's room and manager's office. New tile in the laundry room and rubber flooring in the hallway between the showers and the restroom in the clubhouses have also been installed.
"We basically stepped back and let the facility do the work to repair everything that had to be repaired," Rinetti said, adding that the renovations came only after a hazardous materials company tested and evaluated the damage.
Rinetti said a hazardous materials company first tested and evaluated the area on Wednesday night and repairs followed Thursday morning, with workers on the job "pretty much all day and all night to get it done." The provisions were finalized in time for the arrival of the Reds' equipment in Oakland on Sunday night.
The source of the problem is still unknown, labeled by Rinetti as an "unidentifiable mass."
A report was sent to the Players' Association and Umpires' Association, and pipes in other areas of the stadium were inspected and cleared where issues have arisen in the past. Plans to periodically review the pipes have been instated in response to the issue.
Vogt called up, makes A's debut
OAKLAND -- The A's took advantage of some roster flexibility by bringing up catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
Vogt took the roster spot of right-hander Dan Straily, who was optioned to Sacramento on Sunday because the A's won't need a fifth starter until July 5 as the result of three off-days over an eight-day span.
Vogt, 28, was immediately inserted into the starting lineup for Oakland's opener of a two-game set with the Reds, behind the plate catching lefty Tommy Milone while batting eighth and looking for his first big league hit after going 0-for-25 spanning three stints with the Rays in his debut last year.
"I've lived with that for six months now," Vogt said, smiling. "Talked a lot about it, answered a lot of questions about it. Now it's a new chapter with a new team.
"It was 25 at-bats over a several months, and it wasn't like an 0-for-25 in one week. It was pinch-hits, and obviously I had good at-bats -- didn't punch out, hit the ball hard, just didn't have them fall. I'm fortunate to be back in the big leagues, and hopefully I'm talking to you about my first hit tonight."
Vogt had plenty of hits in Sacramento, where he was batting .325 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs in 58 games from the left side at the time of his promotion. He also tossed out 19 of 47 attempted basestealers.
"I know what I'm capable of, and I'm fortunate to be feeling good," said Vogt, with six family members in tow for his A's debut. "I made a few adjustments with my timing, and things have just been going well."
"He's done a great job all year down there, whether it's offensively or defensively," manager Bob Melvin said. "My understanding is he does a nice job with the pitchers, and you see the numbers, as far as swinging the bat. It's good to finally get a look at him."
The A's now have three catchers in tow, but one is dinged up and another is struggling. John Jaso, still nursing a left palm abrasion, was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday and isn't considered to be available for a start for a couple days, according to Melvin. Then there's Derek Norris, who's hitting .188 this season.
"We'll use D-No the way we see fit, and we'll basically go day-to-day with it," Melvin said. "He wants to get in there and get through this. So it's not like he's looking forward to the time off to work on some things. He wants to play and get out of it because he is a guy that can be an offensive force."
• Vogt, quite familiar with Sacramento's staff, spoke highly of righty Sonny Gray when asked about Oakland's top pitching prospect on Tuesday.
"Sonny has an electric arm," he said. "He's the real deal. He's got great stuff. He's got three pitches. He's still developing his command a little bit but his stuff is there. He's going to be something special."
Gray, the A's 2011 first-round Draft pick, is 7-5 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts for the River Cats. He has 90 strikeouts next to 29 walks in 88 1/3 innings.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.