ARLINGTON -- Athletics catcher Landon Powell was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to give Oakland manager Bob Melvin a third catcher, a luxury usually afforded Major League managers after roster expansion on Sept. 1.
"It's always nice to have a third catcher, because if you pinch-run for somebody and the other guy gets hurt, you don't want to be stuck in a situation where you have someone out of position catching," Melvin said.
Powell batted .176 in 32 games as the A's backup catcher earlier this season. In the 12 games he played in Sacramento, he batted .283 over 46 at-bats. He was optioned to Sacramento to make room for fellow catcher Anthony Recker.
Melvin said there is no plan for when Powell will get his first start after being recalled.
"I'm not sure how the playing time is going to play out," Melvin said. "We'll probably think a little bit more about that once we get home. I think tomorrow it will either be [Kurt] Suzuki or Recker, and then when we get home, we'll start to plan out playing time as far as Landon's involved."