By Joe Stiglich
Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 12:58 pm in 2011 regular season.
A’s manager Bob Melvin could sure use a long outing from Trevor Cahill in today’s doubleheader opener. Six relievers pitched last night, and while most could probably come back and pitch in one game, how many can pitch in both today? Keep an eye on the A’s bullpen situation as the game(s) unfold. Brian Fuentes and Fautino De Los Santos were the only two relievers not to throw Friday night.
Joey Devine said he feels better after leaving Friday’s game with back spasms. He was set to throw before the game to gauge whether he can pitch, and he was hopeful of being available for the second game. Devine said he’s had back spasms before (most recently in early April), and that it’s typically a 24-to-48 hour thing. That would seem to leave him doubtful for today, but Melvin is hopeful of having Devine for one of the games.
Triple-A Sacramento is playing at home tonight and Josh Outman is slated to start. In a real pinch, the A’s could promote Outman and get him here in time for the nightcap.
–Melvin said Josh Willingham will serve as DH in both games, figuring that’s the only way Willingham could play in both. The A’s are still being conservative with how they use Willingham considering his recent Achilles injury. Hideki Matsui is playing left field in the first game and is likely to sit the second.
Lineups for first game:
A’s – Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Willingham DH, Matsui LF, Sizemore 3B, DeJesus RF, Jackson 1B, Suzuki C, Pennington SS; Cahill RHP.
Angels – Aybar SS, Hunter RF, Abreu DH, Wells LF, Callaspo 3B, Kendrick 2B, Trumbo 1B, Mathis C, Trout CF; Weaver RHP.