To rectify that, the team called up right-hander Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento before Sunday's game and optioned infielder Eric Sogard down to the River Cats to make room on the roster.
Scribner was just with Oakland nine days ago, having been called up originally on June 6. In two appearances during his previous stint with the team, he pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings and recorded his first career save against his former team, San Diego, on June 15.
Sogard was in his second stint with the A's. He played in just one game since being recalled from Sacramento on June 16 and is hitting .145 overall this season in the Major Leagues.
Melvin said Sogard was simply the "odd man out," and that the team wanted to keep fellow infielder Brandon Hicks, called up Saturday, on the roster because he can give regulars a day off against left-handed pitchers. Hicks bats right-handed, while Sogard hits from the left side of the plate.
Sogard must stay in Sacramento for at least 10 days before he can be recalled, unless he comes up as an injury replacement. He was hopeful he'd be back with Oakland after that period.
"Obviously it's frustrating; you want to be here," Sogard said. "But it's part of the game, so I understand it. Take what you're given and just make the best of it."