Howdy everyone. Ben Enos filling in for Joe Stiglich today. It’s been a busy day at the Coliseum, with roster moves abound for the A’s.
Of most concern to fans probably is the decision to send Chris Carter back to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Conor Jackson’s return from the DL. Carter came up last Monday and went 0 for 19 in his brief stint with the A’s.
“”He’s just going to play every day and get some more at-bats and keep refining his skills. He’s such an incredible talent and he got a small opportunity here. He has his feet wet now and he gets to go back and continue his progress and next time he comes back here, I think it’ll be a lot easier for him,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “I think the ‘what is it like’ type syndrome is out of his head now. He knows exactly what to expect and what he needs to continue to work on down there.”
Jackson was positive before the game, saying he felt 100 percent for the first time all season. He’s hitting third in his first game back, a challenge he said he embraces.
“”It was extremely frustrating. I was only here a couple weeks before this whole incident went down and it’s been about seven weeks now,” Jackson said. “Frustrating’s probably not the word I’m looking for, it’s probably something a little more. This hamstring’s been bothering me all year and it feels good finally and it feels good to feel healthy.”
Also returning to Oakland is Travis Buck, with Jeff Larish headed back to Sacramento. Geren said Buck will mix and match in the outfield as needed.
Also hanging around the cage during batting practice was Adam Rosales, who sported a boot on his right foot and crutches as he said hi to people. Rosales went on the DL with a stress fracture in his right ankle last week, and said the only real solution right now is rest.
“”It’s just nagging. That’s probably the most frustrating thing. It’s so small but it affects so much in your game. Your feet are everything. I’ve just got to be patient. I’m going to try to come back before the season’s over, that’s for sure,” Rosales said.
And now, tonight’s lineups.
A’s — Crisp DH, Barton 1B, Jackson LF, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Ellis 2B, Buck RF, Davis CF, Pennington SS
Blue Jays — Snider LF, Escobar SS, Bautista RF, Wells CF, Lind DH, Hill 2B, Overbay 1B, Encarnacion 3B, Molina C