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Athletics place Khris Davis on DL, call up Franklin Barreto

Oakland loses top power hitter to groin strain, but brings up top prospect among position players in minors.

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The Athletics have put outfielder Khris Davis on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. The A’s also called up prospects Franklin Barreto and Daniel Gossett, and had Wilmer Font designated for assignment.

Davis suffered his injury on Sunday night against Toronto. He was out of the lineup on Tuesday after he underwent an MRI, which revealed he had a Grade 1 strain, according to Lee.

The 30-year-old Davis has provided a lot of pop in Oakland’s lineup since being traded to the club by the Brewers in February 2016.

Davis blasted over 40 homers and had over 100 RBI in both 2016 and 2017. Last season, he actually finished 22nd in the American League MVP voting after posting career highs with 43 homers, 110 RBI and 73 walks while slashing .247/.336/.528 in 153 games.

This year, Davis has hit 13 homers with 38 RBI while slashing .235/.307/.497 in 47 games. His 98 homers since 2016 are the most by any player in baseball and his RBI total this season is good for third in the AL.

As for Barreto, he has been called up to Oakland for the second time this season. Barreto, a middle infielder who is the A’s top position player prospect and No. 3 overall in the organization according to MLBPipeline.com, was up for four days in April but did not get an at-bat. Barreto hit .311 in 12 games in April for Triple-A Nashville, but has since struggled, batting .189 in his last 20 games.

Gossett will be starting tonight’s game for the Athletics as they take on AL West rival Seattle. Gossett will be making his second stint with the A’s this year after starting two games in April. However, he got shelled in both outings, resulting in an ERA of 11.05 in 7 13 innings pitched and him being optioned back to Triple-A Nashville. Since being optioned, though, he has posted a 1.63 ERA in seven games (five starts) and struck out 42 in 38 23 innings.