I checked the A’s lineup this morning and there was an Adam Rosales sighting. Remember him? Rosales gets his first start since being recalled from the minors Friday. He’s spelling Brandon Allen at first base. Rosales is an easy guy to pull for, based on his hustle and the way he approaches the game in general. He’s been playing catch-up since spring training, when he was slowed while recovering from a fractured right foot. It’s no surprise that he plans to play winter ball in Mexico. He needs as many at-bats as he can get. There’s a place for Rosales on this team when he’s healthy and getting semi-regular playing time. He can play all over the infield and even left field in a pinch. It’ll be interesting to see how he looks today.
–A’s manager Bob Melvin said he’ll decide after Thursday’s off-day whether he’ll wedge a spot starter into the rotation in order to give some pitchers extra rest. Brandon McCarthy and Rich Harden, who have extensive injury histories, remain the most likely guys to be given an extra day or two. And Melvin mentioned Josh Outman as a candidate to make one of those spot starts.
–It’s a warm afternoon at the Coliseum. Good for balls flying over the fence? We’ll see …
A’s — Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, Sizemore 3B, Pennington SS, Suzuki C, Taylor RF, Rosales 1B; Moscoso RHP.
Royals — Gordon LF, Giavotella 2B, Butler DH, Hosmer 1B, Francoeur RF, Maier CF, Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Escobar SS; Chen LHP.