OAKLAND -- As expected, the A's recalled right-hander Dan Straily this morning to make today's start against the Chicago Cubs and optioned catcher Stephen Vogt back to Triple-A Sacramento. Manager Bob Melvin said Jarrod Parker, who would normally be on turn today but has been pushed back, is still on track to pitch Saturday.
Vogt made a strong impression during his time in Oakland. He was called up June 25 and played in just four games, but the A's were 4-0 in those games. Vogt also homered for his first major-league hit, snapping an 0-for-32 start to his career, and built some familiarity with the A's pitching staff, most of which he hadn't caught before, as the A's acquired him after Opening Day this year.
"He had the confidence of the staff -- not only the starters he caught, but the relievers as well," Melvin said. "Got his hit out of the way and had some other good at-bats for us too. So it was a good showing for him."
There wasn't going to be room for three catchers on the roster when the A's brought back Straily to be their fifth starter. But Melvin made a point of saying that Vogt being sent down was because of the numbers, not because "he did anything to suggest he needs to go down."
Straily made one start for the River Cats after being optioned June 23 and allowed six runs, though Melvin pointed out only two were earned. Still, Straily's last two starts for the A's before his option were short -- a combined eight innings and eight runs allowed -- and the A's would rather see the aggressive, strike-throwing Straily behind whom the A's went 5-0 from May 21 to June 12.
Here's the full A's lineup today behind Straily:
And the Cubs lineup behind left-hander Travis Wood:
* Left-hander Brett Anderson (right foot stress fracture) is scheduled to undergo a scan Friday and could be out of his walking boot soon after if all goes well. Anderson was throwing on the field from a knee before today's game.
"Hopefully we're getting some good news there that he can get the boot off and start going in a positive direction where he can start doing some baseball activities, weight-bearing activities," Melvin said.
* As with home teams around the league, the A's are wearing special hats today to mark the Fourth of July holiday -- white with the A's logo in red, white and blue. Melvin was asked about them and said he's "all for a little festivity and a little different look."
"We're kind of a tough color to coordinate with," he added. "But we do the best we can."
The red, white and blue doesn't exactly mesh with the A's green warm-up jackets. But it should look fairly natural over their home white jerseys.
* According to the pre-game notes, the A's are 24-19 on Independence Day since moving to Oakland in 1968. The Cubs, meanwhile, are 117-96-3 all-time on the Fourth of July.
That's right -- the Cubs have played 216 games on July 4 over the years. How is that possible? A 137-year franchise history, and a lot of double-headers.
-- Matt Kawahara