There’s some form of bug going through the A’s clubhouse right now. Coco Crisp isn’t playing tonight because he’s sick, and Josh Reddick was just switched from right field to DH with the same “flu-like symptoms.” Grant Balfour said he’s under the weather and bench coach Chip Hale says he’s not feeling great either.
From the baseball perspective, it’s a tough break having to scratch Crisp tonight after he broke through with a big hit last night. I’m sure Bob Melvin wanted to see if his left fielder could build a little confidence at the plate. But Melvin added: “Watching him go through (the illness) yesterday, with not eating and so forth, it’s probably not a good idea for him to play today.”
–Eric Sogard is starting at third base for the third time in four games, which leads one to believe that Josh Donaldson does not have such a firm lock on the starting spot anymore. Donaldson is in a 2 for 26 slump and hitting .103. Who would have thought Donaldson’s offense would be a bigger issue at this point than his developing defensive abilities at third? “I think certain days off can do him some good, and he’s not grinding so hard,” Melvin said. “I know the feeling of having to look up at the scoreboard and see what your average is. We’ll pick our spots with him, continue to play him but also continue to keep Sogard current.” With the Angels throwing lefty C.J. Wilson on Thursday, Melvin said the right-handed hitting Donaldson will return to the lineup tomorrow.
–If you haven’t seen this ESPN story on Sogard, check it out. Very entertaining piece on him being one of the few big leaguers who wears eyeglasses.
–More interesting reading here from ESPN analyst Jim Bowden, who thinks the A’s have reason for concern regarding Yoenis Cespedes’ high strikeout total.
A’s – Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Reddick DH, Cespedes CF, Smith RF, Gomes LF, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Sogard 3B; Colon RHP.
Angels – Abreu LF, Kendrick 2B, Pujols 1B, Morales DH, Hunter RF, Wells CF, Izturis SS, Callaspo 3B, Wilson C; Santana RHP.