OAKLAND -- The A's announced before Tuesday's game against the Rangers that they reinstated outfielder Collin Cowgill from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento. Cowgill had been on the DL since June 23 with a sprained left ankle.
Cowgill spent six games on a rehab assignment split between Class A Stockton and Sacramento, collecting four hits in 26 at-bats. He began the season with the River Cats before he was called up on May 11. Cowgill appeared in 32 games with the A's before he was injured.
Given the offense's recent production, the spark that recent callup Chris Carter has given the team and that outfielder Coco Crisp appears like he's close to returning from his left shoulder soreness, there wasn't a natural candidate on Oakland's roster to be sent out to make room for Cowgill.
"Chris [Carter] is probably the one guy that wasn't here when [Cowgill] was, and the impact he's having, it's important to have Chris here right now," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "There's just not a spot for Collin.
"Again, our 25-man team here is, for me, 32-strong, and we'll get more contributions from guys that aren't here right now before this thing's all said and done, and he's one of those guys."
The 26-year-old hit .271 for the A's and was hitting .260 for Sacramento at the time of his callup. Melvin said he expects Cowgill to play all three outfield positions for the River Cats.