Oakland A’s list feature: 4 players out before the trip to Toronto

The Oakland As are heading to Toronto on Friday to begin a series with the Blue Jays, and a few players will be sitting out on the tour amid the combination of international travel and public health restrictions.

The As announced that they placed outfielder Stephen Piscotty on the COVID-19 list of injuries, and also placed three others on the restricted list:

  • LHP AJ Puk
  • LHP Kirby Snead
  • C Austin Allen

There is no official report other than the facts that these players have gone on these lists, so submit the next two sections below I do not know for a fact, I just know it’s true.

For Piscotty to go on this version of IL could mean many things. He could have tested positive, or just exhibited some sort of symptoms, or even been perfectly fine, but just been considered to be a close contact to someone else who is ill. Maybe this is just a product of extra strict control before he crosses the border into another country, or maybe it’s a random timing and he’s not feeling well today, but somehow we hope he’s OK .

For the others, going on the restricted list immediately before a Canada trip probably means they are unvaccinated, as players need to be waxed and boosted to get into the country. That may be another reason, but the identity of their substitutes (which we will see in a moment) means that this is a COVID-related transaction of some sort. Provided that is the case, all three will be able to return for the team’s next series, which will be at home in Oakland on Monday.

To fill in, the A’s added four players to the active list:

  • RHP Ryan Castellani
  • LHP Zack Logue
  • C Christian Bethancourt
  • IF Drew Jackson

Only Logue was a member of the 40-man list, but there is a special exception for COVID vacancies. They can be added temporarily to the 40 men and then sent down again without using options or sending anyone through dispensations, so teams basically get a free pass to just grab anyone from their minors for a few days with no consequences.

Logue was one of the prospects acquired from the Blue Jays in the Matt Chapman industry last month, and he worked as a starter last summer in Toronto’s Upper Minors, with a complete scouting report available here. Castellani signed as a minor league free agent over the winter following a career starting in the Rockies system, with brief MLB experience in 2020-21, and a scouting report here.

The position players were also less league-free agents who spent the spring as invited outside the league and had impressive Cactus League performances. The 30-year-old Bethancourt has a bit of MLB experience, though not recently, and also some defensive versatility including pitching. On the record, the right-handed player showed some power in the spring and already hit a few dingers in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Jackson is a product of Bay Area, born in Berkeley with high school in Miramonte in Orinda and college in Stanford. His utilityman play revolves around defensive versatility and getting on base, and he showed both moves in the spring. He has spent most of his professional career at midfield, primarily shortstop, but he can help anywhere, including the outfield.

Of this group, Logue is the only one that has yet to debut in MLB. Castellani appeared last summer, while Jackson watched a couple of games for the Orioles in 2019, and Bethancourt last reached the majors with the Padres in 2017.

Here is the updated 28-man list.

Oakland A’s 28-man roster
Kander Hitters
Starters

Frankie Montas (R)
Cole Irvin (L)
Daulton Jefferies (R)
Paul Blackburn (R)
Adam Oller (R)

IL: James Kaprielian (R)
60-IL: Brent Honeywell (R)

Relief

Lou Trivino (R)
Domingo Acevedo (R)
Ryan Castellani (R)
Justin Grimm (R)
Zach Jackson (R)
Danny Jimenez (R)
Adam Kolarek (L)
Jacob Lemoine (R)
Zack Logue (L)
Sam Moll (L)

RL: AJ Puk (L)
RL: Kirby Snead (L)
60-IL: Deolis War (R)

Catchers

Sean Murphy (R)
Stephen Vogt (L)
Christian Bethancourt (R)

RL: Austin Allen (L)

Infielders

1B: Seth Brown (L)
2B: Tony Kemp (L)
SS: Elvis Andrus (R)
3B: Kevin Smith (R)
Jed Lowrie (S)
Sheldon Neuse (R)
Drew Jackson (R)

Outfielders

Chad Pinder (R)
Cristian Pache (R)
Billy McKinney (L)

IL: Stephen Piscotty (R)
IL: Skye Bolt (S)
SL: Ramon Laureano (R)

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