Infielder Sizemore acquired from Tigers
The A's solved a roster dilemma and acquired a player they have coveted for some time in one transaction Friday, acquiring infielder Scott Sizemore from Detroit in exchange for left-hander David Purcey.
General manager Billy Beane said closer Andrew Bailey would be activated this weekend as long as there were no setbacks after Bailey's Friday night rehab outing with Triple-A Sacramento. Bailey pitched an inning and gave up no runs on two hits and struck out one, throwing 10 strikes in 13 pitches.
With a surplus of relievers, the A's were going to have to make a decision on Purcey, who is out of options. Hence, they effectively acquired Sizemore for a player they likely would have designated for assignment.
Sizemore will report to Sacramento, where Beane said he will play third base. He was primarily a second baseman with the Tigers.
"He's hit well enough in his career where he could be an everyday guy there," Beane said. "He's a guy we've always liked. We've asked about him for two years and finally (the Tigers) acquiesced."
Sizemore, 26, began the season at Triple-A Toledo and hit .408 in 23 games with two home runs and 15 RBIs. The Tigers recalled him on May 3. He hit .222 in 17 starts at second base with Detroit.
Purcey, 29, pitched well in the brief time he was here (he was acquired from Toronto on April 18), posting a 2.13 ERA in 122/3 innings over nine appearances. But with Craig Breslow, Brian Fuentes and Bobby Cramer (who was recalled Friday), the A's are well-stocked with left-handed relievers.
Braden, who serves as a national spokesman for melanoma cancer awareness (his mother died of the disease), took part in a pregame ceremony for his cause. He admitted it would be too difficult for him to stick around to watch the game, however.
"I haven't watched a baseball game since the day I came out," he said. "It's tough, very tough."
Braden said there is little he can do now and that he has no timetable to begin his rehabilitation.
"Just R&R and let the body do its thing," he said.
-- CARL STEWARD