Former major league infielder Dallas McPherson was among the 10 players the Oakland Athletics reassigned to their minor league camp on Sunday. The team also reassigned right-handed pitchers Sam Demel and Matt Wright, left-handed pitcher Cedrick Bowers, catchers Joel Galarraga and Max Stassi, and infielders Grant Green, Jemile Weeks, Matt Whitney and Corey Wimberly. The Athletics have 53 players remaining in camp with the 40-man roster and 13 non-roster invitees. The breakdown includes 27 pitchers, four catchers, 12 infielders and 10 outfielders.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that C Joel Galarraga does not have a visa yet in Mexico. There is no timetable for his arrival.
Infielder Grant Desme, former Angels third baseman Dallas McPherson and ex-Reds reliever Marcus McBeth are among 19 players extended invitations to spring training on Monday by the A's. They also signed pitcher Matt Wright, infielder Matt Whitney, reliever Cedrick Bowers and reliever Fernando Hernandez to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. The other 13 invitations are players already in the organization: right-handers Sam Demel and Tyson Ross; catchers Josh Donaldson, Joel Galarraga, Anthony Recker and Max Stassi; infielders Adrian Cardenas, Grant Green, Brett Wallace and Jemile Weeks; and outfielders Matt Carson, Corey Wimberly and Desme.
A's minor league catcher Curtis Thigpen, sidelined by a back injury, is set to join Oakland's extended spring training team, while Sacramento catcher Joel Galarraga went on the DL with a right shoulder strain.
On Sunday, the A's optioned OF Aaron Cunningham, INF Gregorio Petit and RP Chris Schroder to Triple-A Sacramento and reassigned C Joel Galarraga, SP Edgar G. Gonzalez and INF Corey Wimberly to their minor-league camp.