Deja vu, Fenway Park-style. The A’s are back in Boston less than three weeks after completing their last series here. You know about the trade rumors involving the A’s. The Red Sox are rumored to be considering Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez. They haven’t hit particularly well this month, and it’s all they can do to keep up with the Yankees right now.
It’s looking like Daric Barton might become the 13th A’s player to hit the DL. He said today his strained left hamstring isn’t feeling any better, and Bob Geren acknowledged Barton could be DL-bound. Triple-A Sacramento was still playing a doubleheader when Geren talked to us, and he said he hoped to chat with Rivercats manager Tony DeFrancesco about call-up possibilities. First baseman Tommy Everidge looks like a very strong candidate to me. This guy has been raking all season for Sacramento, and he’s currently on an 11-game hitting streak in which he’s batting .511. This is assuming Geren wants a first baseman, and he didn’t say that was set in stone. There may be more to report on this after the game …
Justin Duchscherer threw two perfect innings for Single-A Stockton yesterday, which surely didn’t discourage any teams looking to trade for him. His next outing is Friday for Sacramento. He’ll go 60 pitches and increase to 80 next time, so the A’s are definitely preparing him to start, although Geren repeated the team is keeping all options open with how Duke will be used.