The Oakland Athletics made a couple of roster moves on Thursday, claiming outfielder Kent Matthes off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and placing right-hander Jarrod Parker on the 60-day disabled list.
The moves were announced on MLB.com.
Parker will undergo the second Tommy John surgical procedure of his career on Monday and will likely miss the entire 2014 season. He also had the surgery done in 2009.
Matthes, 27, split last season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs, hitting .270/.335/.484 in 68 games with Tulsa and .297/.333/.531 in 47 games at Colorado Springs.
Combined, he had 56 runs, 30 doubles, 20 home runs, 63 RBI and 17 stolen bases while striking out 106 times.
The right-handed hitting outfielder was a fourth-round pick by the Rockies in 2009 out of the University of Alabama and was 5-for-18 with a homer and five RBI in 10 Cactus League games with the Rockies this spring.
The Rockies had assigned Matthes to their minor-league camp on Tuesday and were attempting to move him off the 40-man roster. He was originally added to the 40-man by Colorado in November in order to protect Matthes from being taken by another organization in the Rule 5 draft.
For his part, Matthes said on social media he was excited to join a new organization:
— Kent Matthes (@KentMatthes) March 20, 2014
The A’s assigned Matthes to their minor-league camp and he is scheduled to start the season at Triple-A Sacramento.