Grant Green, the A’s first round pick in July, is at the Coliseum tonight as he took some batting practice and fielded some grounders at shortstop as his parents and agent, Scott Boras, looked on. He’ll return to Stockton tomorrow for the Ports’ final two games, head home for a week or so, then go to Arizona for the instructional league.
The A’s gave Green a $2.75 million signing bonus on Aug. 17 in a deal that was completed less than 10 minutes before the deadline to sign draft picks. Green said it was extremely stressful and that he didn’t get much sleep in the three or four nights before the deadline, but he was still confident that things would work out.
In three games with the Ports, Green, who is just the designated hitter, is 4-for-11 with three RBI.
“First game, the ball looked like a pea when I was up there,” Green said. “I can definitely tell it’s a different game. The first pitch I see in three months is a slider.”
Outfielder Ryan Sweeney is out of the lineup with a sore left knee. A’s manager Bob Geren said it’s something that’s been building for a while, and that Sweeney should be OK to go on Sunday before the A’s take Labor Day off to travel to Chicago.
A’s — Kennedy 3B, Davis CF, Suzuki C, Hairston LF, Garciaparra DH, Ellis 2B, Cust RF, Barton 1B, Pennington SS, Anderson P.
Mariners — Suzuki RF, Gutierrez CF, Lopez 1B, Sweeney DH, Beltre 3B, Hall LF, Jack Wilson SS, Josh Wilson 2B, Johnson C, French P.