Dallas Braden placed on DL; Mark Ellis sits

Not a ton of news on what’s shaping up to be another nice night for baseball in Cleveland. As expected, Dallas Braden was placed on the 15-day DL to make room for tonight’s starter, Clay Mortensen. Not sure if this just a spot start for Mortensen since the A’s don’t necessarily need a fifth starter next week, but he could certainly make a case for himself to make more appearances for the A’s this season should he pitch well tonight.

A day off for Mark Ellis today, as Adam Rosales starts at second base. Gabe Gross is back in left field, as Conor Jackson still needs more time to rest his right hamstring. He said the discomfort is in a different spot than it was when he had to go on DL in April with a strained right hamstring.

A’s manager Bob Geren said Brett Anderson will throw again tomorrow in a simulated game and possibly in an actual game on the 9th. Geren said it’s too soon to speculate when he’ll be back in the A’s rotation, but the 19th in the series opener against the Red Sox at the Coliseum is a possibility (my words, not his).

The lineups

A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Suzuki C, Sweeney RF, Cust DH, Rosales 2B, Gross LF, Pennington SS, Mortensen P.

Indians — Crowe CF, Nix 2B, Santana C, Hafner DH, Kearns RF, Peralta 3B, LaPorta 1B, Duncan LF, Donald SS, Westbrook P.

Curtis Pashelka