Allen was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 27-year-old was unable to earn the backup catching job in spring training, but he'll join the Athletics on Tuesday with Aramis Garcia heading to the injured list. Allen should work as the secondary catcher behind starter Sean Murphy until Garcia is healthy.
Allen was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday. Allen was competing for the backup catcher job with the Athletics during spring training and hit .261 with one home run, two runs, two RBI and seven strikeouts over 12 Cactus League games. He'll begin the year in the minors, while Aramis Garcia should serve as the primary backup behind Sean Murphy at catcher.
Allen was optioned to Oakland's alternate training site Monday. He hit .194 with a 14:1 K:BB in 31 at-bats this season as the backup catcher. Jonah Heim was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Allen remained in the game in Saturday's loss to the Angels after getting hit in the right side of the head by Tommy La Stella's bat in the second inning, the Associated Press reports. The backup catcher's helmet flew off upon impact in what was a scary moment for both Allen and La Stella. After getting checked out by manager Bob Melvin and athletic trainer Nick Paparesta, Allen was able to remain in the game and finished 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
Allen went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being ejected from Sunday's game against the Astros. After the dust settled on a benches-clearing scuffle in the seventh inning, Allen and Ramon Laureano were ejected. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle noted that Allen "looked like he was mixing it up pretty good in a second scrum." Manager Bob Melvin told Brian McTaggart and Martin Gallegos of MLB.com that he expects some suspensions given the violation of protocols.
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