Monday pre-game notes

Some threatening clouds overhead right now at the Coliseum but from what I hear, the rain is not supposed to hit the Oakland area until 11 p.m. or so. We’ll see. 

News of the day:

The A’s are back to having 12 pitchers after bringing up right-hander Sean Gallagher and lefty Jerry Blevins from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and sending down left-hander Gio Gonzalez and and utility player Eric Patterson. A’s relievers have already thrown a major-league high 90.2 innings so far this season but have the lowest ERA at 2.88.

Blevins made six appearances for the River Cats and pitched 9.2 innings. He didn’t get many chances to pitch when he was with Oakland last month, so he said it was good to see a lot of action and get into a rhythm again.

Pitching coach Curt Young and bullpen coach Ron Romanick had a meeting with the A’s starters Monday to stress the importance of lasting longer in games. A’s starters haven’t been terribly efficient with their outings lately, throwing six innings or less 10 straight times. In that span, the rotation’s record is 3-2 and their ERA is 5.29. Overall, A’s starters have pitched 118 innings, which is tied with Philadelphia for the fewest in the majors.  

Catcher Kurt Suzuki is in the leadoff spot for tonight’s game  the Angels. Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who has started every game this season, has the day off after feeling some tightness in his left leg and hip after Sunday’s 15-inning game against the Mariners. A’s manager Bob Geren anticipated that Sweeney will be back in the leadoff spot on Tuesday night.

Other tidbits

Geren said starter Dana Eveland is still scheduled to be Wednesday’s starter against the Texas Rangers. Eveland came on in relief on Sunday in Seattle … Third baseman Eric Chavez (strained right forearm) felt better Monday as he played catch and took a few ground balls. Chavez is on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25. … Reliever Santiago Casilla played catch Monday and could throw off the mound Tuesday. If all goes well, Geren said Casilla will be sent to Sacramento to pitch a couple of innings. … Infielder Nomar Garciaparra (strained right calf) was seeing a specialist in Boston Monday. Geren said he is doing better. … Starter Justin Duchscherer is on a throwing program in Arizona, Geren said, but has not yet begun to throw off of a mound. 

The lineups

A’s — Suzuki C, Cabrera SS, Giambi 1B, Holliday LF, Cust DH, Crosby 3B, Buck RF, Petit 2B, Davis CF. Anderson P.  

Angels — Figgins 3B, Izturis SS, Abreu RF, Hunter CF, Napoli DH, Kendrick 2B, Morales 1B, Rivera LF, Mathis C. Saunders P.


Curtis Pashelka