A’s Notebook: Bruce Maxwell missing Toronto series with legal situation


BOSTON — Bruce Maxwell’s legal issues will not allow him to travel with the A’s to Canada.

Still yet to be sentenced for an incident last October in which he was arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on a food delivery driver, Maxwell is barred from traveling to Canada under the country’s immigration guidelines.

Maxwell will be placed on MLB’s restricted list, which can be used for players who are unavailable to play due to personal or legal issues, during the team’s four game series against the Blue Jays. Josh Phegley will be called up from Triple-A Nashville to join the A’s in Toronto and take Maxwell’s place on the roster during the series.

Maxwell’s sentencing is set for June 4.

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Phegley played in 27 games at Nashville, batting .217 with three home runs and 15 RBIs.

SMOLINSKI OPTIONED

With Trevor Cahill officially returning to the starting rotation to make Wednesday’s start, the A’s decided to option outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A in order to make room.

Smolinski made the opening day roster after a nice performance in spring training, but struggled in limited playing time as the backup center fielder.

Batting .118 in just 34 at-bats with Oakland, manager Bob Melvin said Smolinski understood his standing with the team and is looking forward to playing more often in the minors.

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“Jake wants to play. When you don’t play for an extended period of time, you get some at-bats and don’t feel comfortable,” Melvin said. “here’s some guys that just want to stay in the big leagues and other guys that want to play. You appreciate guys like him who really want to work and play and be ready the next time he’s called.”

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