The Big Hurt’s on board

Frank Thomas was in the clubhouse when the media was allowed in this morning, and he was in the lineup hitting fourth for the A’s. That’s how quickly these things can take place.

The quick rundown:

— Thomas said he’s thrilled to be back, that he never really wanted to leave after becoming a free agent after 2006, and that he’d been hitting the ball well in Toronto. He also said he had no doubt Toronto’s release of him was contractually motivated.

— Mike Sweeney said he’s cool with it, which is what you’d expect. But in Sweeney’s case, it’s impossible to doubt his sincerity. The guy wants to win. He’s at first base today and will be there quite a bit going forward.

— Daric Barton, the usual first baseman was on the bench. Don’t read too much into this. Barton hadn’t had a day off all season.

Bottom line: There are enough at-bats to go around. I’m still not sure Thomas will prove to be the greatest fit for this team, but the A’s are smart to give it a shot.┬áIt’s a no-risk move for them, and they can scrap it in a month or six weeks if it’s not working.