The Oakland Athletics will have to do without their starting shortstop for several days. Marcus Semien has officially been placed on paternity leave.
Semien and his wife Tarah — who met while playing baseball and volleyball for nearby Cal — are expecting their second child. Their first, son Isaiah, was born in August of 2016.
Semien has played every inning of Oakland’s first 55 games, and is batting .268 with five home runs and 24 RBI. He is currently tied for ninth in the American League in runs scored (35) and tied for 10th in multi-hit games (18).
In a companion move, the A’s have called up right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas from Triple-A Nashville. Lucas has appeared in three games over two stints the A’s this season, including one start, with a 3.12 ERA.
He was recalled most recently on May 18 and pitched twice, including his first big league start in his last outing last Thursday against Seattle. He got the no-decision in the A’s 4-3 win, throwing two innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs, while striking out one and walking three.
The 27-year-old right-hander was optioned back to Nashville May 26 and tossed two scoreless innings on Monday against Oklahoma City, allowing two hits and striking out three. Lucas is 0-0 with two saves, a 2.13 ERA and .167 opponents batting average in 10 relief appearances overall with the Sounds.