Cliff Pennington was obviously happy to be back in the Oakland clubhouse this afternoon as he reacquainted himself with some of the guys on the team. He’s starting at shortstop for tonight’s game, and, according to general manager Billy Beane, will be given a “big trial run” at the position.
That isn’t exactly was Bobby Crosby wanted to hear. He was hoping to become a regular at shortstop again after Orlando Cabrera was shipped to the Twins Friday morning.
“I thought it (might mean more playing time at shortstop), but I think it’s a joke that I’m not in there tonight,” Crosby said. “I’ve done everything to prepare, constantly taking ground balls at short and I’ve been ready to play if this time came. And now I’m not in there, so who knows what to expect.
“Not one bit am I pleased. Not one bit.”
A’s manager Bob Geren said he will utilize Crosby the same way he has for the first four months of the season — at first, third and short. Crosby has 37 at-bats in July and is having his best month of the season at the plate, hitting .324 (12-for-37) with six runs and five RBI.
Crosby’s stance hasn’t changed since Spring Training when the A’s first signed Cabrera. He still sees himself as an everyday shortstop in the big leagues. He said he’s talked to Geren about his situation a few times but that it hasn’t made a big difference.
“With Cabrera getting traded, I thought that would move me back to shortstop,” Crosby said. “But obviously that’s not the case, so by no means am I at all pleased.”
We also chatted with Jason Giambi, who said he’s feeling great and ready to play once he comes off the DL on Tuesday. How that affects Tommy Everidge’s or eventually Daric Barton’s playing time (once he comes off the DL) remains to be seen.
Hairston (left quad) did a workout Friday and Geren hopes to have him back in the lineup Saturday, but he didn’t have an update on how the workout went.
A’s — Kennedy 3B, Davis CF, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Sweeney RF, Everidge 1B, Patterson LF, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS, Braden P.
Jays — Scutaro SS, Hill 2B, Lind DH, Millar 1B, Wells CF, Rios RF, Bautista LF, Barajas C, McDonald 3B, Richmond P.