Daric Barton did not start Tuesday, and A’s manager Bob Geren said he might give his slumping first baseman multiple days off to work with hitting coach Gerald Perry.
Barton was hitting .206 entering Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees. When Barton does return, Geren said he might drop him in the order from the second spot.
Conor Jackson started at first Tuesday.
“I’m not feeling too comfortable up there,” Barton said. “I’ve never really had problems feeling comfortable. There’s a lot of things that go on in your mind when you go through something like this. It’s obviously tough, but it’s part of the game.”
Does he think sitting for a day or two will help?
“Let’s hope,” Barton said. “I mean, I’m trying everything right now. It’s good to relax for a day and not have to stress myself out.”
Designated hitter Hideki Matsui, who came in hitting .197 in May, also sat.
Geren said he’ll go “day to day” on deciding when to re-insert Matsui.
Geren wants to give Barton time to work with Perry and clear his head.
“When you’re not getting hits, you start thinking a lot,” Geren said. “You need to step back, get back to basics. He’s going to take time seeing pitches, bunting, get back to some specific drills.”
–A’s general manager Billy Beane said in an espn.com story that he’s instructed catcher Kurt Suzuki not to block the plate so as to avoid injury.
The story claims that Beane is the first executive to give such orders to his catcher in light of the season-ending ankle injury to Giants catcher Buster Posey.
“I said to him, ‘I don’t want you planting yourself in front of the plate waiting to get creamed. You’re an Athletic catcher — be athletic,'” Beane told ESPN.
–Right-hander Rich Harden, sidelined all season by a side muscle injury, threw off the mound for the second time. He should be facing hitters soon.
Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy tested his injured shoulder by playing catch for the first time since going on the DL.
–The start time for Saturday’s game against Red Sox has been changed from 4:10 p.m. (PT) to 10:10 a.m. It will still air on Comcast SportsNet California.
–Infielder Adam Rosales will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.