Gold jerseys make the trip east as A’s open series with Mets

Checking in from Citi Field, where the A’s provided a surprise by taking the field in their gold jerseys. They won five in a row in them at home, but because the golds are considered “alternate home” jerseys, no one expected to see them on the road. They weren’t hanging in the lockers before the game, and a team official told me they could be shipped in but had yet to arrive. Perhaps they arrived last-minute, like a player flying in from Triple-A Sacramento. Green hats, gold jerseys, gray pants … interesting to say the least. …

–Manager Bob Melvin wouldn’t say what role Mark Ellis would play when he’s activated from the disabled list Wednesday. But he was asked if he considers Jemile Weeks his starting second baseman even after Ellis returns. “Sure. If Jemile is here, he’s going to play some. He’s played well to this point.” So that’s the most definitive statement we’ve gotten on the future of the second base position.

Unless Josh Willingham is put on the DL with his Achilles’ tendon injury – and considering Melvin hopes to have him back Thursday, that seems unlikely – someone has to go to the minors to make room for Ellis. Adam Rosales? Daric Barton? Those are the two most likely candidates in my mind. Melvin pointed out that Rosales can play every infield position, but that other players on the roster can also fill the backup infielder role, including Scott Sizemore. Does that point to Rosales going down? Tough to say. Barton is not starting today, and he’s obviously fallen down the totem pole in terms of playing time. And the A’s have other potential first basemen in Conor Jackson and Rosales. Lots of intrigue surrounding this decision …

The lineups:

A’s – Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Crisp CF, Matsui LF, Jackson 1B, Sweeney RF, Suzuki C, Sizemore 3B, Outman LHP.

Mets – Reyes SS, Turner 3B, Beltran RF, Murphy 1B, Pagan CF, Bay LF, Paulino C, Tejada 2B, Gee RHP.

Joe Stiglich