We’re less than an hour away from the A’s-White Sox series opener. As you might have seen, third baseman Josh Donaldson was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento today to make room for Luke Hughes, claimed off waivers from Minnesota. Hughes is in the lineup tonight, and A’s manager Bob Melvin said he’ll split time with Eric Sogard at third. But with Sogard backing up the other infield spots too, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hughes get the majority of time at third for now. As for Donaldson, Melvin said he might see time at third base, catcher and perhaps even first base in the minors. “It’s unfortunate that Josh has to go down right now,” Melvin said. “We got to a point where I think he’s grinding real hard. He probably needs a bit of a break here.”
–Tonight’s game won’t draw a big crowd to the Coliseum, but it’s big news in Australia, with countrymen Grant Balfour, Hughes and reliever Rich Thompson all on the A’s now. Tom Nicholson, who is head of MLB International’s business operations in Australia, coincidentally is at tonight’s game. He was in town because his son attends San Joaquin Delta College. Nicholson was pretty jazzed to report that the game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Australia. First pitch will take place at noon on Tuesday afternoon local time. “It’s gonna hit all the pubs,” Nicholson beamed.
–Coco Crisp returns to the A’s lineup after missing five games with a head cold and inner ear infection. You’ll also notice that Kila Ka’aihue is getting significant time at first base. He’s hitting .370 (10 for 27) on the season. …
A’s: Weeks 2B, Crisp LF, Reddick RF, Cespedes CF, Ka’aihue 1B, Smith DH, Suzuki C, Hughes 3B, Pennington SS; Colon RHP.
White Sox: De Aza CF, Ramirez SS, Dunn 1B, Konerko DH, Pierzynski C, Rios RF, Viciedo LF, Morel 3B, Beckham 2B; Peavy RHP.