Oakland Athletics: A’s place Khris Davis on disabled list

As expected, the Oakland A’s have officially placed designated hitter Khris Davis on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a grade-1 strain in his right groin.

The A’s also recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett and infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville, and designated right-handed reliever Wilmer Font for assignment.

Before he went down, Davis was batting .235 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 38 RBI, having started each of the A’s first 47 games before straining his right groin on Sunday at Toronto.

Davis ranks third in the American League in RBI and is seventh in home runs.  His 98 home runs over the last three seasons are the most in the Major Leagues, and his 250 RBI are tied for third.  This is his second career stint on the DL, his first with Oakland.

Gossett, who was on the A’s Opening Day roster, re-joins the A’s after going 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in two starts before he was optioned to Nashville on April 7.  The 25-year-old righty went 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA and .190 opponents batting average in seven games with the Sounds, including five starts. Gossett is leading the Pacific Coast League in ERA and opponents batting average and is tied for fifth in the league in wins.

Like Gosset, Barreto joins the A’s for the second time this year. He was recalled the first time on April 7, appearing in one game (April 11) against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He didn’t record an at-bat before he was optioned back to Nashville on April 16.

The 22-year-old right-handed middle infielder is batting .235 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 32 games with Nashville, appearing in 23 games at second base, seven at shortstop and two at designated hitter.

Font, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 25 for minor league pitcher Logan Salow, had a 14.85 ERA in four games with Oakland. He had posted an 11.32 ERA in six appearances with the Dodgers. He has a 12.71 ERA and .388 opponents batting average in 10 games overall, and has surrendered 10 home runs in 17 innings.

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