6/1/2014 9:09 P.M. ET
A's bring up Vogt to bolster bench depth
By Aaron Leibowitz / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- The A's recalled catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, while reliever Fernando Rodriguez was demoted to Triple A.
Vogt went 0-for-4 on Sunday and caught the entire game in a 6-3 victory over the Angels, despite arriving at the ballpark less than an hour before first pitch.
The left-handed hitter was batting .364 with three home runs and 19 RBIs at Sacramento, including .433 with 15 RBIs over his last 14 games.
With several A's players banged up -- Brandon Moss (strained right calf) and Josh Reddick (hyperextended right knee) are day to day -- manager Bob Melvin wanted the extra depth that Vogt provides.
"We're a little beat up on the bench right now, with Reddick being out, Moss being out. I wouldn't consider [infielder Nick] Punto [left calf] yet 100 percent," Melvin said. "Stephen was doing really well. We always knew that he'd be here at some point."
Vogt gives the A's a third catcher along with Derek Norris and John Jaso, as well as a left-handed bat off the bench. Melvin also noted that Vogt is capable of playing left field.
Asked whether Vogt's promotion is a short-term or long-term move, Melvin declined to specify.
"He's a guy that's been here before, been instrumental for us, and he is here right now," he said.
As for Rodriguez, Melvin said the right-hander was a victim of circumstance.
"He's done a great job for us, and really he didn't do anything to deserve to be sent down," Melvin said. "You look at his numbers, he's got a [1.13] ERA, he's done everything we've asked him to do, pitched in some important games for us.
"Still not able to go back-to-back games coming off Tommy John surgery, so we needed the spot. Unfortunately it was him."
Vogt appeared in 47 games for Oakland in 2013, hitting .252 with four homers and 16 RBIs.
Reddick sidelined by hyperextended right knee
OAKLAND -- Right fielder Josh Reddick was out of the A's lineup against the Angels on Sunday due to a hyperextended right knee. He is day to day.
Reddick exited Saturday's game after he banged his knee into the outfield wall while making a catch in the sixth inning.
Manager Bob Melvin said before Sunday's game that he is not yet sure what the plan will be for Reddick going forward.
With Reddick and Brandon Moss (strained right calf) out of the lineup, the A's recalled catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Sacramento while demoting right-hander Fernando Rodriguez.
Reddick, a key piece for Oakland defensively, is batting just .214 with four home runs and 22 RBIs. He was mired in a 4-for-35 slump before leaving the game Saturday.
A's hoping to activate Cook for NY series
OAKLAND -- A's reliever Ryan Cook (right forearm strain) is likely to be activated for Tuesday's series opener against the Yankees after a successful rehab outing Saturday.
The right-hander needed just nine pitches to get through a hitless eighth inning at Class A Advanced Stockton, and he felt good afterward.
"It didn't get tight on me, it didn't get stiff last night -- in fact, it felt really good," Cook said Sunday. "All things considered, it was successful."
Melvin would like to have him back on the big league roster following an off-day Monday.
"Good chance that he travels tomorrow and we activate him on Tuesday," Melvin said before Sunday's game. "Nothing's for sure yet, but that's the plan at this point."
Cook also missed the first week of the 2014 season with shoulder inflammation. The 2012 All-Star has a 2.92 ERA in 12 appearances this year.
• Moss was held out of the A's lineup Sunday for a second straight day, as he continues to nurse a strained right calf suffered in the third inning of Friday's game.
Melvin labeled him day to day, and Moss' goal is to return Tuesday against the Yankees.
"Could I probably hit? Yeah, but the running part I don't know, because I haven't tested it like that yet," Moss said before Sunday's game. "Hopefully [after] today and tomorrow, should be good to go."
Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.