Athletics releases Piscotty, names top prospect Langeliers | Olympic Games

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By JANIE McCAULEY – AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics released veteran outfielder Stephen Piscotty on Tuesday and paved the way for top prospect Shea Langeliers to gain key streak experience for the AL West’s last-place team.

Langeliers, a 24-year-old wide receiver and left fielder selected ninth overall in the 2019 draft over Baylor, hit .283 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in 92 games for Triple-A Las Vegas after being acquired from Atlanta in the March trade that sent Matt Olson to the Braves. Langeliers was scheduled to make his major league debut as the designated hitter for the A’s in Texas on Tuesday night.

General manager David Forst thanked Piscotty, 31, for his impact on the club since arriving before the 2018 season in a trade from St. Louis that brought him back close to home in Pleasanton. His mother, Gretchen, died in May of that year from Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Piscotty helped raise awareness of ALS. Major League Baseball hosted its first Lou Gehrig Day last year.

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He helped bring the A’s back to the playoffs in 2018 after a three-year drought with career highs of 27 home runs and 88 RBIs.

“I want to first thank Stephen Piscotty and talk a bit about his time here, which came at a very important time for us when we made this trade at the end of 2017,” Forst said on a conference call. “I appreciate everything Stephen has given us on and off the pitch during his time here.”

Oakland also recalled David MacKinnon from Las Vegas. The A’s also placed center fielder Ramón Laureano on injured reserve with left sided pain. He was out of the lineup Monday a day after feeling discomfort on a swing while at bat in the fourth inning at Houston and he was out.

Laureano was scheduled for an MRI scan on Tuesday. He will be examined by a team doctor in the Bay Area, Forst said.

Sean Murphy will remain the starting receiver and Forst said manager Mark Kotsay plans to speak with Murphy, veteran Stephen Vogt and Langeliers about playing time for the rest of the season.

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