A's reinstate Nakajima from DL, option him to Triple-A
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Hiroyuki Nakajima's 20-day rehab assignment with the Sacramento River Cats is over. The A's reinstated the Japanese shortstop from the disabled list Thursday morning and optioned him back to Triple-A Sacramento.

Nakajima began the season on the disabled list as he was added to the 15-day DL March 30 -- retroactive to March 27 -- with a strained left hamstring and began a rehab assignment with Sacramento May 3. Nakajima hit .265 with four doubles and five RBI in 13 games during his rehab stint, coming alive at the plate over his last four games (5-for-14, .357).

He appeared in 11 games at shortstop but also made one appearance each at second base and third base.

The A's awareded Nakajima a two-year, $6.5 million contract this offseason, expecting him to be the everyday shortstop, but subsequently signed six-year MLB veteran Jed Lowrie, who has played well for the A's this year. Lowrie is batting .301 for the A's in 45 games this year, conecting on three home runs.

Oakland A's media services contribute to this report