6/13/2014 9:32 P.M. ET
Parrino called up, gets start after Punto scratched
By Aaron Leibowitz / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- The A's called up Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, with Alberto Callaspo on the paternity list, and Parrino found himself starting at second base after Nick Punto was announced as a late scratch.
Manager Bob Melvin said Punto has been "a little banged up," but he originally believed Punto could play against Yankees right-hander David Phelps. Instead, Punto was removed from the lineup about 2 1/2 hours before game time.
Eric Sogard, who often plays second base against righties, also is hurting after fouling a ball off his ankle several days ago.
All of those things add up to an opportunity for Parrino, a switch-hitter who was batting .344 at Sacramento and gives the A's versatility in the field.
"He can play anywhere in the infield -- less [so at] first -- and he can also give you a pretty good effort in the outfield," Melvin said. "We saw him in Spring Training play left field for us. So now you can shuffle around a little bit over the course of games, or give him a start.
"Shortstop's his best position, he's done a really nice job defensively at shortstop, but just as much, he's the guy that was playing really well at the time."
Growing up in Rochester, N.Y., Parrino rooted for the Yankees and idolized Derek Jeter. This weekend's series marks Jeter's final three regular-season games at the Coliseum.
"It's funny how, tonight, you look across the field and the guy I idolized growing up, being from New York, he's playing," Parrino said. "It's unbelievable. It's awesome to be able to come up on this day, of all days."
Parrino played in 14 games for the A's in 2013, going 4-for-34 while playing shortstop, second and third.
Callaspo is expected to miss the entire series as he awaits the birth of his child.
Reddick progressing in rehab work on right knee
OAKLAND -- Right fielder Josh Reddick ran on the field and took batting practice on Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list June 3 with a hyperextended right knee.
"First day on the field running today, did some striders, took some soft toss, tee work, and so forth, in the cage," manager Bob Melvin said. "Everything feels good."
Melvin said he will get daily updates from the training staff regarding the process for Reddick going forward.
Reddick's DL stint is retroactive to June 1, meaning he is eligible to be activated for Monday's series opener against the Rangers. But Melvin said Reddick could be well-served to take a short rehab assignment.
"I think, to an extent, it might do somebody some good just to see some live pitching," said Melvin. "Maybe not a real long one, but he's been out long enough where probably a game or two wouldn't hurt him. But I don't know for sure yet."
Reddick hurt his knee banging into the wall while making a catch against the Angels on May 31.
He is hitting .214 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 168 at-bats.
A's agree to terms with 18 more Draft picks
OAKLAND -- The A's agreed to terms with 18 players selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the team announced Friday.
Among the players who signed Friday are second-round pick Daniel Gossett from Clemson and fourth-round pick Jordan Schwartz from Niagara, both college right-handers.
The other 16 players to agree to terms were: right-hander Branden Kelliher (8th round); left-hander Mike Fagan (9th); right-hander Corey Miller (10th); right-hander Joel Seddon (11th); second baseman Max Kuhn (13th); third baseman Jose Brizuela (16th); left-hander Michael Nolan (18th); right-hander Koby Guana (20th); right-hander Brendan McCurry (22nd); right-hander Dawson Brown (24th); right-hander Rob Huber (26th); center fielder J.P. Sportman (27th); right-hander Corey Walter (28th); left-hander Cody Stull (29th); left-hander Derek Beasley (30th); and first baseman John Nogowski (34th).
On Thursday, Oakland signed first-round pick Matt Chapman, a third baseman, and the club also has now signed 14 of the 18 pitchers it selected in the Draft.
Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.