(I made a correction to the pregame blog below. The A’s are now carrying 11 pitchers, not 12).
Tonight’s game hasn’t even started, and there’s already plenty of A’s news to report. So here we go …
–Brett Anderson was placed on the 15-day DL with a strain in his left forearm and inflammation in his elbow. He’s getting a second MRI today that should give a clearer read on the severity of the injury, and the A’s aren’t giving a timetable for his return until they get the results. There’s not enough information available to draw conclusions, but obviously the situation is more serious than the team (and Anderson) thought over the weekend. All we know now is that Anderson’s DL stint is retroactive to April 25, meaning he can return May 10. That means he’ll miss at least two starts. The A’s haven’t announced who will start Friday. Vin Mazzaro has been throwing great at Triple-A Sacramento, so that’s one option. From the current roster, Tyson Ross might be stretched out enough to eat up a few innings if they wanted to go with him.
We might hear more tonight about Anderson’s status, so check back …
–Three other transactions today: Reliever Edwar Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento, and catcher Landon Powell and infielder Steve Tolleson were called up. The A’s had been carrying 13 pitchers, and with reliever Jerry Blevins’ back feeling better, they decided to drop down to 11 and give manager Bob Geren some more options off the bench.
The past week has been nuts for Powell, who was called up Wednesday, got sent back down Friday and then took a flight from Las Vegas to Tampa to rejoin the A’s today. He arrived shortly before batting practice and is starting behind the plate tonight. Kurt Suzuki still has tightness in his back.
Pretty good story about Powell and Tolleson, who were college teammates at South Carolina. Tolleson, who was in Las Vegas with the Sacramento club, received word yesterday he was being called up for his big league debut. He and Powell live nearby each other in Sacramento, and Powell was going to drive Tolleson’s car from the Sacramento airport back to his apartment for him. Then Powell got the news that he was being called up, and he had to catch a flight from Vegas to Tampa. So Powell’s wife, Allyson, had to retrieve Tolleson’s car for him. That was no big deal … Powell and Tolleson were in each others’ weddings. They’re pretty tight …
Tolleson played mainly short and third base for Sacramento, but he could see time at second base w/Mark Ellis out.
–First baseman Daric Barton originally was not in tonight’s lineup, but his fractured right middle finger felt great when he tried swinging the bat and throwing, so he’s now starting. Jake Fox was going to fill in at first.
–Finally, the A’s actually got good news on the injury front. Reliever Joey Devine does not have a tear in his elbow as was feared, just severe tendinitis. He’ll resume throwing again in about two weeks.
Here’s tonight’s lineups … Rajai Davis isn’t starting for a second straight game, probably because the A’s are facing a right-hander in Tampa Bay’s Wade Davis. Rajai is hitting .143 over his past 15 games.