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A’s option Ruiz to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Tyler Nevin

A’s option Ruiz to Triple-A Las Vegas to make way for Tyler Nevin originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Just four games into the 2024 MLB season, the Athletics optioned outfielder Esteury Ruiz to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

The move opened up a roster spot for infielder Tyler Nevin, who was claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Ruiz went 3-for-7 (.429) with two runs, one double, one triple, one RBI and one stolen base in the A’s season-opening series against the Cleveland Guardians at Oakland Coliseum. He hit .236 with nine RBI in 20 games this spring.

The speedy 25-year-old stole 67 bases during Oakland’s 2023 MLB season, surpassing the American League rookie record previously set by Kenny Lofton.

Ruiz was part of the A’s that sent Sean Murphy to the Atlanta Braves, and he looked forward to putting together an electric rookie season, getting base-stealing advice from Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.

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Meanwhile, Nevin was hitting .333 with two home runs, seven RBI and an .841 OPS in 23 games with the Orioles this spring before being designated for assignment on Thursday. He is a .203 career hitter with five home runs and 29 RBI in 105 career games in the majors with Baltimore (2021-22) and the Detroit Tigers (2023).

The 26-year-old right-handed hitter played in 58 games at third base, 18 at first base, 13 in left field and two in right field during his big league career.

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