Chris Carter’s left thumb acting up, he’s day-to-day; other A’s pregame tidbits

It was moving day inside the A’s clubhouse this morning, with players packing up boxes and getting ready to ship bats and other supplies to their offseason homes. The team hits the road for the final seven games starting tomorrow, and players aren’t going to want to stick around and pack after the team charter lands in Oakland next Sunday night. Some might even fly home from Seattle.

–The only real news to report: Chris Carter’s left thumb is bothering him again and he’s out of the lineup. Bob Geren listed Carter as day-to-day and was hopeful he’d return tomorrow in Anaheim against the Angels. But this is the same thumb that caused Carter some DL time with Triple-A Sacramento in August, so we’ll see whether it lingers.

Not surprisingly, lots of Texas regulars are getting the day off after the Rangers clinched the AL West on Saturday. Julio Borbon and David Murphy are the only true starters in the lineup. … Sort of like a split-squad game in spring training …

A’s — Davis CF, Barton 1B, Ellis 2B, Cust DH, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Hermida RF, Gross LF, Pennington SS; Cahill RHP.

Rangers — Borbon CF, German 2B, Murphy LF, Francoeur DH, Davis 1B, Cantu 3B, Moreland RF, Blanco SS, Teagarden C, Lewis RHP.

Joe Stiglich