OAKLAND, CA - The Oakland Athletics have called up talented catching prospect Derek Norris to split time behind the plate with regular Kurt Suzuki.
Norris was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday in time to start the series finale with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Oakland optioned infielder Josh Donaldson and left-handed reliever Pedro Figueroa to the Sacramento River Cats.
Lefty reliever Jordan Norberto was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Norris, who came to the A's in the trade that sent All-Star lefty Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals last December, batted .273 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 55 games for the River Cats.
Manager Bob Melvin says this isn't an indicator that the A's plan to trade Suzuki, who will be counted upon to help mentor Norris as he learns the pitchers.
The Associated Press