The Oakland Athletics selected the contract of pitcher Dan Straily from Triple-A Sacramento and recalled catcher Derek Norris and Michael Taylor from Sacramento on Friday. The club also acquired pitcher Pat Neshek from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. He was also selected from Sacramento.
Straily will make his major league debut Friday night when the A's face the Toronto Blue Jays. Straily, 23, went 8-6 with a 2.60 earned run average in 22 starts with Double-A Midland and Sacramento this season. The right-hander leads all minor league pitchers in strikeouts with 175.
Norris re-joins Oakland after he was demoted on July 29. In 21 games for the A's this season Norris batted just .195 with three homers and 11 RBI.
Taylor also begins his second stint with Oakland this year. He went 3-for-16 during a four-game stay from May 4-10. In 95 games with Sacramento Taylor is batting .301 with 11 home runs and 57 RBI.
Neshek has made 35 relief appearances for Triple-A Norfolk this season, pitching to a 3-2 record with a 11 saves and a 3.21 ERA.
To clear roster spots, the A's optioned pitchers Jim Miller and Evan Scribner to Sacramento and placed outfielder Seth Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Smith was hitting .237 with 11 homers and 39 RBI in 92 games before injuring his hamstring in the fifth inning of Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays.
Miller was 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 24 relief appearances with Oakland this season and Scribner didn't factor in a decision in 12 relief appearances this season but recorded one save and posted a 1.93 ERA.