Conor Jackson at DH as Jack Cust sits; more setbacks for Joey Devine, Josh Outman

We’ve got baseball updates and injury updates, and I’m going w/the baseball stuff first because I assume you get your fill of injury news with the A’s, eh? …

Jack Cust is out of the lineup again, with Conor Jackson getting a start at DH, Rajai Davis playing left field and batting ninth, and Gabe Gross starting in right field. Also, Adam Rosales draws a start at shortstop, and Bob Geren says he’ll continue bouncing Rosales around the infield to give other players a rest. Geren said he wanted to keep Jackson’s bat in the lineup while resting his legs a little bit by not playing defense.

And now for the medical news …

–Pitchers Joey Devine and Josh Outman have both been shut down and aren’t likely to throw again for a few weeks. Both are hitting road blocks in their ongoing recovery from Tommy John surgery, and their setbacks are serious enough that both are being re-examined by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the procedure on both pitchers. Geren said one pitcher already visited Andrews and that the other was scheduled to do so very soon, but he didn’t specify which was which.

I’m not sure the A’s were counting on Devine rejoining the bullpen anytime soon, and this latest news continues the ongoing struggles for Devine in his attempt to get healthy. It was hoped that Outman might return sometime after the All-Star break, but now it’s unknown when he’ll be back.

–Brett Anderson continues throwing long toss, although there’s still no date for him to get on the mound. But Geren said the A’s had a 30-35 day timetable for Anderson to return to the rotation from the time he started throwing, which was Friday. If that schedule was to hold, Anderson would be back roughly a week or so after the All-Star break. Again, it’s always best to put that in pencil …

Today’s lineups:
A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Jackson DH, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Gross RF, Rosales SS, Ellis 2B, Davis LF; Mazzaro RHP.

Reds — Cabrera SS, Cairo 3B, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Gomes DH, Bruce RF, Nix LF, Stubbs CF, Hernandez C; Cueto RHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • J Canseco

    Are they looking to trade Cust at this point, or what.

  • scott no2

    Another Loss by the A’s… 🙁

    Just 3 more months till Hockey Preseason starts…

  • Tony

    Bob Geren is the worst manager in baseball please fire him!!!

  • Canseco I don’t think that Cust would have much value given that the A’s probably looked into that at spring training when the team realized he wouldn’t make the Opening Day roster. Now the only logical teams to trade to would be contenders that need a DH which is none.