Pennington to DL; Sogard recalled

The A’s on Friday placed struggling shortstop Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow tendinitis and recalled Eric Sogard to take his roster spot.

Sogard was immediately inserted into the lineup, batting eighth and playing shortstop against Yankees right-handed starter Ivan Nova and Co. It’s likely he’ll platoon with the right handed-hitting Brandon Hicks at the position.

Pennington was batting just .197,  representing the second lowest average in the Majors entering the day. His on-base percentage (.259) is also near the bottom, and his slugging percentage (.282) ranks last. He was just 4-for-48 over his last 17 games and hitless since the start of the second half.

For the 27-year-old infielder, who is playing in his third full big-league season, this marks the first DL stint of his career.

Sogard, meanwhile, joins the A’s for the third time this year. He was batting .323 with five home runs and 22 RBIs for Triple-A Sacramento, while his numbers with Oakland — he’s hitting .145 in 22 games with the A’s this year — have been less impressive.

Also on Friday, the A’s signed Dominican outfielder Jhonny Rodriguez to a deal worth $300,000. Rodriguez turned 16 on Friday.

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