Joseph went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Astros. Joseph swung at the first pitch he saw from Aaron Sanchez in the fourth inning and launched his first major league home run. The 30-year-old, now with his fifth organization, joined the A's on Wednesday in place of Jurickson Profar at second base. Joseph batted .371/.421/.585 with 13 home runs across 425 plate appearances at the Triple-A level this season.
Joseph is expected to occupy the strong side of a platoon at second base going forward, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He displaces Jurickson Profar as the primary second baseman in Oakland. Joseph, who is starting at the keystone and hitting seventh Wednesday against the Giants, is a 30-year-old journeyman, with the A's representing is fifth organization. He only has 26 career MLB plate appearances, but this year he has hit .371/.421/.585 with 13 home runs and a 10.8 percent strikeout rate in 425 plate appearances at Triple-A. Chad Pinder and Profar are expected to compete for starts against lefties.
Joseph's contract was selected from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, and he will start at second base against the Giants, batting seventh. The move was widely expected, and Joseph will get his first chance to start for the Athletics on Wednesday. The 30-year-old has slashed .371/.421/.585 with 13 home runs and 73 RBI for Triple-A Las Vegas this season. Nick Martini was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and Beau Taylor was designated for assignment in corresponding moves.
Joseph is expected to have his contract selected from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Wednesday's game against the Giants, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Joseph has been seeing the ball well at Triple-A this season, slashing .373/.422/.588 with 13 homers and 73 RBI over 96 contests. The Athletics have yet to announce a corresponding roster move.
Joseph was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Joseph made his major-league debut in 2018 with the Orioles, where he hit .222 with three RBI in 14 games. His competition for a spot on the Opening Day roster will come to an early end after being cut from big-league spring training.
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