6/29/2014 6:45 P.M. ET
Back soreness continues to sideline Norris
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Already lacking in relief arms following Saturday's 14-inning marathon victory, the A's were also thin on the bench Sunday in Miami, with catcher Derek Norris unavailable for a second straight day.
Norris exited Friday's game prematurely with lower back soreness and initially believed he'd be back behind the plate Sunday. But Stephen Vogt caught lefty Tommy Milone for the series finale, while John Jaso rested after catching all 14 innings Saturday.
As for the bullpen, few arms were available.
"We'll get by with what we have," said manager Bob Melvin. "Let's put it that way."
Melvin's club doesn't have an off-day before the All-Star break, making matters even more concerning. When asked if the organization considered recalling an extra arm over Nate Freiman in the wake of Josh Reddick's return to the disabled list Sunday, he replied, "I think everything was considered."
All-Star hopeful Cespedes extends hit streak
MIAMI -- All-Star hopeful Yoenis Cespedes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with a base hit in Sunday's 4-3 A's win in Miami.
Cespedes is 19-for-54 (.352) during the streak, the longest by an A's player this season.
Going back even further, Cespedes has hit safely in 22 of his last 24 games, all while upping his season average to .272.
Oakland's left fielder currently ranks fourth among all American League outfielders in All-Star voting. Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
A's place Reddick on DL, recall Freiman from Triple-A
MIAMI -- For the second time this month, a right knee injury has forced Josh Reddick to the disabled list, leading the A's to promote first baseman Nate Freiman for Sunday's series finale in Miami.
Reddick hyperextended the knee at the beginning of June and missed three weeks with the injury only to aggravate it in Saturday's game, after going 5-for-11 since his return. He underwent an MRI on Sunday morning, the results of which weren't immediately known.
"We feel like he was probably not going to be on a field doing any activity for five days or so, and then there's obviously a period of time where you have to get him ready again," said manager Bob Melvin. "All those things combined, we felt like the best move was to DL him."
Reddick was concerned Saturday night that the pain trumped what he experienced before, but Melvin said the outfielder at least "felt better than he thought he would feel this morning."
"It was still sore and stiff, but he felt better," he continued. "I think it scared him pretty good last night."
With lefty Andrew Heaney going for the Marlins, the A's felt best served to bring in a right-handed bat. Freiman's been swinging a hot one for Triple-A Sacramento, raising his average from .202 to .277 in a span of two months.
Freiman came through with the big hit in Sunday's 4-3 victory, launching a three-run homer.
"I've been feeling good," said Freiman before the win, "Started off slow, but I've put a couple good weeks together. I made a couple adjustments mechanically. My stance is a little narrower, my hands are lower. It's a work in progress, but so far I like it."
Freiman spent the entirety of 2013 with the A's, filling out a platoon with Brandon Moss. He hit .274 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 80 games, including .304 in 148 at-bats against left-handed pitching.
That will largely remain his role.
"I'm thrilled to be here and excited to be back," he said. "It's unfortunate because Josh hurt himself again. I hope he's all right."
It's indeed an exciting time for Freiman, with wife, former LPGA pro Amanda Blumenherst, expecting the couple's first child in November. After dropping her husband off at the airport Friday evening, Blumenherst returned home to pack and caught a Sunday morning flight to Detroit, where the A's head next.
• Rehabbing lefty Eric O'Flaherty threw one perfect inning in relief for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. He's on track to join the A's as early as this week, likely during the next homestand that begins Thursday.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.