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Cliff Pennington lands on disabled list with sprained bat

Jul 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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Well, technically it’s with a sore elbow, but no one is buying that excuse.

The A’s placed Cliff Pennigton on the disabled list after his latest 0-for Thursday. He had gone hitless in four straight games, taking his average down to .197 for the season. That comes with just 17 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and 23 walks in 284 at-bats, so he’s been a huge drag on the offense. He ranks dead last in the majors in OPS among qualified batters:

156. Pennington: .541
155. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562
154. Justin Smoak (1B Sea): .600
153. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .606
152. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .615
151. Robert Andino (2B Bal): .617
150. Jordan Schafer (CF Hou): .617
149. Jemile Weeks (2B Oak): .619
148. Brandon Crawford (SS SF): .623
147. Placido Polanco (3B Phi): .627

Eric Sogard was called up to replace Pennington and will share time at shortstop with Brandon Hicks. The A’s are in the market for an upgrade, with Yunel Escobar and Stephen Drew serving as possibilities.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I couldn’t care less about Cliff Pennington playing or not, but the title made me laugh and led me to click the article.
    Bravo Matt

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Who would’ve thought that Smoak would be on that list?

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Why would the Jays trade Escobar, Matthew? I realize that the Jay’s have a MLB ready ss in triple A, but Escobar will probably be moved to second base next year to replace impending free agent Kelly “strikeout” Johnson.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      I don’t know why. I’m not much of a believer in Hechevarria, and I like Escobar with his very modest contract, even if he is struggling this year. I’m just going by the couple of reports that have suggested he’s very much available.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

        Trade rumors involving the Jays are almost certainly false. The last rumor that was true involved Halladay. None that followed ever panned out. AA leaks nothing.

  4. APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    That .541 is about 145 points below Pennington’s OPS for each of the last two seasons, and about 130 below his career level. He’s streaky, but this is something different. At 28, this is his physical prime. Let’s hope he can figure it out in Sacramento. But truly, at .676, the team ERA indicates there are quite a few players not far behind him on the potential “sprained bat” list. Yes, I’m looking at you Kurt (.511) , Jemile (.619) and CoCo (.620).

    The good news is that the pitching is so good they’ve held opponents to a .679 OPS so far. So even a slight upgrade at Short would be huge for the team, whether it comes from an outside source, a role player who gets a chance to play now, or a revitalized Pennington.

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