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Injuries hurting Daric Barton’s chances at A’s first base job

Checking in on the A’s first split-squad day. I’ll be watching their game in Phoenix against the Angels. Looking forward to seeing Brad Peacock on the mound for the first time. He’ll have to deal with Albert Pujols, who is hitting third for the Angels. …

Daric Barton will be shut down for three days after getting a cortisone shot in his right biceps, and manager Bob Melvin acknowledged it’s going to be tough for Barton to win the first base job as things are playing out. “Certainly he’s going to have to be able to throw and play first base, and it’s going to be a little bit longer to come,” Melvin said Monday. “I don’t want to rule anything out at this point, but you can count the days.” It appears the first base battle is a three-man race between Brandon Allen, Chris Carter and Kila Ka’aihue.

In other injury news, utility infielder Adam Rosales has been slowed by a sore left shoulder after losing his balance and falling last week at the team’s practice facility. He has yet to play in a game but Melvin said Rosales should see a couple of innings of action Monday. Rosales was not on either lineup sheet for the games against the Angels and Cubs.

Melvin isn’t revealing much about his outfield plans, saying he’s waiting until Yoenis Cespedes is closer to playing in his first game. That’s likely to be in five days or so, according to what Cespedes said Sunday. Melvin said he doesn’t see any urgency in getting Coco Crisp time in left field. If the A’s decide Cespedes will be their opening day center fielder, Crisp likely would move to left. “I’m confident if we had to do something with Coco in left that he’d be able to handle it very quickly,” Melvin said. “But we’re not close on that yet.”

I’m not ruling out the possibility of Crisp staying in center and Cespedes playing right field, with Josh Reddick or Seth Smith in left. So far, Smith has played left and Reddick has been in right. But Melvin said he wants them to get time in both corner spots.

Joe Stiglich

  • Derek

    Who cares. Daric Barton shouldn’t even be on the Major League roster, the guy is not a true big leaguer. He couldn’t even excel in Sacramento (AAA).

    The guys garbage, he plays like a modern day Billy Beane.

  • Stan

    I hope Sue Slusser heard Andy Dolitch on the morning comedy sports show.
    Andy-who I greatly admire- told THE TRUTH..the A’s ownership group is motivated by greed,make a huge profit,and has no interest in winning. Lew Wolff has been a predator since he bought the team. And Beane since 2006 is just a banker..no longer a GM. And Slick Billy loves his banker account.

  • Stan

    John Fisher-greed walking…

  • Stan

    I will bet-not ONE SINGLE beat writer will write about the Dolich interview. Even though he once came close to buying the A’s..he will be ignored.

  • Derek

    Barton is a scrub, forget about that guy. It’s wasting time on guys like that which have lead the A’s to stink the past few years.

  • Derek

    Of course A’s ownership is ruled and influenced by greed. The group bought the A’s for one reason. Have taxpayers build a stadium then use that as a selling point when they flip the club for a huge profit. They have done all the can to reduce attendance to justify a move if necessary, while fielding cheap uncompetitive teams.

    I live in Manhattan Beach, I know Dodger stadium is worse than Oaklands, yet the stadium is not used as an issue to prove the Dodgers can’t be competitive playing their. The Big A is also old, but remodelled and a great place to attend a game. It’s not the stadium, it’s the ownership

    Bud (the loser) Selig help get his buddy the franchise, it’s almost similar to inside trading aka total crap.

  • Stan

    Deric Barton-ahhh sends me back to those days of back to back last place finishes..Or is this his grandson?

  • Stan

    A’s attendence down 50% in Arizona. I wonder if Beane gets it.
    He does. And thats why he’s hated.

  • Stan

    Early last year Joe I posted that I never heard a single A’s player say a good thing,complimentary thing about Geren..no good natured jokes either.Like he was a ghost manager I said.
    Your a reporter Joe-do the A’s players get effusive over Beane? Has a single A’s said Beane is doing the right thing? I dont sense ANY admiration for Beane by the players. They have seen him their whole (30 day? lol) career..and nothing heartfelt good to say about Beane man?.

  • Stan

    That post was on SF Hate..before the Giants had me banned.

  • Stan

    Banned btw-because I was right that Lincecum has issues with his weight..and I the last straw was I outed Huff and his beer love-lol.

  • Derek

    MLB may not let the A’s move to San Jose Lewzer Wolf you get no sympathy