OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 7 with a sprained right wrist and selected first baseman Daric Barton from Triple-A Sacramento, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's released left-handed pitcher Jordan Norberto.
Reddick was batting .152 with one home run and 14 RBI in 29 games and has the third lowest batting average in the American League. He was 3 for 13 (.231) in five games in May after batting .139 in 24 games in April. This is his first career stint on the disabled list.
Barton was hitting .287 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 29 games with Sacramento. He also ranked third in the Pacific Coast League with 24 walks for a .422 on-base percentage. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter was also batting .484 with runners in scoring position. He was 4 for 24 (.167) over the first six games in May after hitting .325 in April. Barton was with the A's this spring but was designated for assignment March 29. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to Sacramento April 4. Barton is a .249 career hitter in 484 games and six seasons with Oakland.
Norberto was also with the A's this spring before he was optioned to Sacramento March 29. He appeared in just three games for the River Cats, allowing six runs on five hits and seven walks in 1.1 innings for a 40.50 ERA, before being placed on the disabled list April 13 with a strained left elbow. Norberto was acquired from Arizona in the Brad Ziegler deal at the trading deadline in 2011 and went 4-1 with a 3.37 ERA in 45 appearances over two seasons with the A's.