Reid Brignac traded to Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Colorado Rockies acquired infielder Reid Brignac from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

Brignac, a former St. Amant standout, bounced around between Triple-A Durham and the Rays last season. He hit .095 in 16 games at the major-league level.

The 27-year-old was a second-round pick by the Rays in 2004.

The Rockies also made another move Thursday as they placed left-handed pitcher Edwar Cabrera on the 60-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. Cabrera spent most of last season in the minors, where he went 11-5 in 21 starts with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs. He also started two games for the Rockies, giving up seven earned runs in 52⁄3 innings.

Athletics

BALFOUR HAS KNEE SURGERY: Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus.

Dr. Douglas Freedberg operated Thursday. The A’s said recovery time usually is four to six weeks and Balfour decided to have the procedure now with the hope of returning for the start of the season. The injury is considered minor.

Balfour said through the team that the knee bothered him late last season but wasn’t considered anything serious and that the knee calmed down during the offseason. So, he went about his regular regimen over the winter.

“I didn’t know what it was other than I was a little sore,” Balfour said in the statement. “Obviously we were in a pennant race so I was going to pitch. ... I was able to work out with very little soreness, so I really wasn’t concerned.”

The 35-year-old Balfour went 3-2 with a 2.53 ERA and 24 saves last season for the AL West champions.

The A’s exercised their $4.5 million contract option for the Australian reliever shortly after the team lost in a five-game AL division series to the Detroit Tigers.

He made 75 appearances spanning 742⁄3 innings in 2012, his ninth year in the majors.

Reds

HAMILTON TO GET A SHOT: In Goodyear, Ariz., Billy Hamilton is getting a chance to speed up his career by doing more than just stealing bases.

The 22-year-old outfielder with record-setting speed is in spring training with the Cincinnati Reds for the first time. He’s projected to start the season at Triple-A Louisville, where he can continue learning to play center field and becoming a switch-hitter.

If he has a solid spring with the Reds, he’ll boost his standing with the front office and manager Dusty Baker, who has seen very little of him. Baker wants to see how he does things other than just stealing.