We had a little A’s news this morning with the promotion of first baseman Chris Carter and right-hander Graham Godfrey from Triple-A. In talking to manager Bob Melvin this morning, it doesn’t sound like Carter is slated for much playing time. Melvin says he would like to get Carter a start against a right-handed pitcher, whether it’s at first base or DH. But Brandon Allen remains the regular guy at first base.
The bigger issue is how Carter fits into the grand scheme looking ahead to 2012. Though Allen has been racking up strikeouts in bunches, he’s shown enough to definitely be considered for the everyday job going into next spring. Do the A’s view Carter as a candidate to be the regular DH next season? That will certainly impact whether the A’s consider re-signing Hideki Matsui. Melvin acknowledged that there’s not enough time this season to evaluate Carter and get a good read on where he fits into the team’s picture looking ahead to spring training. Melvin was asked how he sees Carter fitting into the 2012 plans. “I think a lot would have to do with some of the free agents we have and whether they sign back or not,” he said.
Understand that it’s hard for Melvin to look too far into the future because he’s still wearing the “interim manager” label. Certainly he has some thoughts on the makeup of next year’s squad, but he’s not going to share too much right now …
A’s — Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, DeJesus RF, Pennington SS, Allen 1B, Suzuki C, Sizemore 3B; Gonzalez LHP.
Tigers — Jackson CF, Ordonez RF, Raburn LF, Cabrera 1B, Martinez DH, Peralta SS, Inge 3B, Worth 2B, Santos C; Porcello RHP.