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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

  • crister

    Not to dump on Barton, but…
    I don’t even know why there’s a question on who should go down? Forget a couple of months to figure it out, this guy’s had years at this point to establish himself. At what point do you just call the situation for what it is. He simply didn’t develop/work out/ reach his ceiling.

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com/athletics/2011/05/20/more-on-mccarthy-ross-and-the-as-bullpen-situation/ zgoddbap

    I would have to agree about Barton, if I was making the decision.
    Looks like 6 in a row, lets go gold jerseys.
    It really should not be a tough decision with Ellis right now, Weeks is playing to good, he has to stay in the line-up.
    And heres hoping Willingham is back and healthy SOON.

  • George

    Why not have Ellis play first, and Weeks play second – especially when a lefty starts. I seem to recall Ellis playing at least a few games at first in previous years.

  • DKnight007

    Go A’s!

    Melvin has them fighting back and I’m glad they sent down that dead weight Barton!

    Weeks is a stud!

    Weeks stays in the lineup and Ellis is the backup or spot starter now.

  • Marc

    There is NO WAY IN HELL Weeks comes out of the lineup. I was a big Ellis fan, but he cannot hit. It would not be a good idea at all to put him at first or third because he has zero punch in his bat. Weeks is a total stud and it would be foolish and irresponsible to take him out of the lineup. Go A’s

  • wesley strzegowski

    I watched the mets/A’s game last night. Several observations:

    > The offense is still triple a caliber.

    > The old bull IS A TERRIBLE BASE RUNNER. he’s base to base.

    > Fluentes should join Barton in the minors. When he’s bad, which is often, more games are in jeopardy.

    Looking forward to watching Gonzales pitch tonight.

  • Jan K Oski

    I’ve been beggin Cal fans for a goldout at Memorial Stadium, but they’re too individualistic. I’m glad it is working for the A’s, but will fans follow suit?

    Weeks will need spot breaks to get him through the entire season. Marc my words… I’d hope Melvin wisely realizes this and is very careful, so the kid keeps the energy up. There’s a reason why they call the end of the season, the dog days… Why not use Ellis like Rosales in a utility role and go with the hot hands? Then again, dumping 6 million ain’t bad in Beaneball…