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Braves trade Langerhans to Athletics

Braves trade Langerhans to Athletics

DENVER -- Even with a sub-.100 batting average, Ryan Langerhans had been upbeat over the past few days about his swing coming around. And then he doubled and hit a sacrifice fly in a start here on Sunday.

But when he reached the clubhouse after a 9-7 loss to the Rockies, Langerhans got news he said -- ironically enough -- came out of left field: He had been sent to the Oakland A's for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

"It caught me off guard," Langerhans said. "I'm looking forward to going out there and playing. I'm not really sure about a lot of the details at this point. It's a little saddening [to be leaving]. I came up with a lot of these guys. They have been good to me here. It being the first time [to be traded] is what makes it shocking."

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The good news for Langerhans, 27, is that it appears he will get a chance to play center field on a regular basis, as the A's lost Mark Kotsay in Spring Training to a back injury, and have been rotating players in and out of that position.

Atlanta also purchased the contract of infielder/outfielder Willie Harris from Triple-A Richmond, where he was hitting .362 with 16 runs scored. He will join the Braves on Monday, when they begin a series against Philadelphia in Turner Field.

Langerhans, who hit .068 in 44 at-bats this season, had been platooning in left field with right-handed-hitting Matt Diaz. Harris, 28, also hits left-handed, but manager Bobby Cox said he hasn't decided how he will use his new player.

"Willie can play anywhere," Cox said. "He has been on fire, and he looked terrific all spring. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet."

Tony DeMarco is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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