By Joe Stiglich
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 2:15 am in Uncategorized.
Eric Sogard gets the nod over Josh Donaldson at third base tonight. “I wanted to get, really not so much a left-handed bat, but more of a contact bat tonight with Sogard,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I think Sogard has played well enough to deserve the start tonight.” Interestingly, Melvin said he still considers Donaldson his starting third baseman. “I told Josh yesterday, ‘You know what? You’re our starting third baseman, you’re just not starting tonight.’ No matter what happens tonight, Donaldson will be in there tomorrow.”
Remember that the A’s go home and play four exhibitions before settling on a true 25-man roster and starting lineup, so they’re still evaluating. Donaldson has not grabbed the reins on the third base job to this point, but I’m not sure I expected him to despite the opportunity he was given. Switching from catcher to third base is quite the adjustment. I know Donaldson got time at third last season and in winter ball, but he’s still got a lot of learning to do over there. As for Sogard, he gets his first opening night start, so I’d expect lots of his family and friends back home in Phoenix to be staying up late tonight to watch this one.
–In the ‘purely hunch’ department, I’m going with Josh Reddick as my pregame prediction to have a big night for the A’s. For the Mariners? Let’s go Dustin Ackley, which ain’t really going out on a limb …