In for Joe Stiglich tonight …
The A’s solved a roster dilemma and acquired a player they’ve coveted for some time in one transaction Friday, acquiring infielder Scott Sizemore from Detroit in exchange for left-hander David Purcey.
General manager Billy Beane said closer Andrew Bailey would be activated this weekend as long as there were no setbacks with Bailey’s Friday night rehab outing with Triple-A Sacramento, and we’ll update when his numbers are available.
With a surplus of relievers, they were going to have to make a decision on Purcey, who is out of options. Hence, they effectively acquired Sizemore for a player they quite likely would have designated for assignment.
Sizemore will report to Sacramento, where Beane said he will play third base. He was primarily a second baseman with Detroit.
“He’s hit well enough in his career where he could be an every day guy there,” Beane said. “He’s a guy we’ve always liked. We’ve asked about him for two years and finally (the Tigers) acquiesed.
Sizemore began the season at Triple-A Toledo and hit .408 in 23 games with two home runs and 15 RBIs. He was leading the International League in batting and on-base percentage (.495) when the Tigers recalled him on May 3. He hit .222 in 17 starts at second base with Detroit.
Purcey pitched well for Oakland in the brief time he was here (he was acquired from Toronto on April 18), posting a 2.13 ERA in 12 2/3 innings over nine appearances. But Craig Breslow, Brian Fuentes and Bobby Cramer (who was recalled to take Purcey’s place), the A’s are well-stocked with left-handed relievers.
Pitcher Dallas Braden made his first appearance the ballpark since he departed an April 16 game with a shoulder problem that subsequently required season-ending surgery on May 17.
Braden, who serves as a national spokesman for melanoma cancer awareness (his mother died of the disease), took part in a pre-game ceremony for his cause. He admitted it would be too difficult for him to stick around to watch the game, however.
“I haven’t watched a baseball game since the day I came out,” he said. “It’s tough very tough.”
Braden said there is little he can do now and has no timetable to begin his rehabilitation.
“Just R&R and let the body do its thing,” he said. “I don’t worry about the things I can’t control. I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.”
Asked about his long-term expectations, Braden added, “Come back and throw baseballs and help the team win. That’s the expectation. It doesn’t matter where.”
Coco Crisp was not in the lineup but was just getting a day’s rest after playing in eight straight games along with the expectation that he’ll play the rest of the homestand.