The Oakland A’s placed catcher Josh Phegley on paternity leave, the team announced Wednesday. To replace him on the roster, catcher Ryan Lavarnway was called up from Triple-A Nashville.
The rules for the MLB paternity list dictate that Phegley must miss at least the next game (i.e., Wednesday afternoon), but not more than three games. Therefore, he will be back on the roster no later than Saturday against the Mariners.
As for Lavarnway, this will be his first stint in the bigs for the A’s. The 29-year-old, who hasn’t played in MLB since 2015, was signed as a minor league free agent last winter and has spent all season in Nashville. Here’s our profile and scouting report on Lavarnway from the offseason (includes cute dog pics). He also played for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic this year, with great results.
Lavarnway, 2017 AAA: .274/.362/.378, 97 wRC+, 4 HR, 10.8% BB, 18.1% Ks
This is a temporary move, but it’s nice to see Lavarnway get another crack in the bigs for a few days.