In for Joe Stiglich today …
Normally, I’d say g’day, but it isn’t such a good day for the team’s Australian connections.
For starters, as if the A’s haven’t enough problems at third base, new Aussie acquisition Luke Hughes reported in with a 102-degree temperature Wednesday and wasn’t available to play. He’s 0-for-6 with three errors in 2 games since joining the A’s, so if there’s a good time to get sick, now may be it.
Speaking of illness, Coco Crisp is out again with flu/inner ear issues. Bob Melvin hopes he’ll be ready when the A’s begin their road trip in Baltimore Friday.
The A’s optioned reliever Fautino de los Santos to Sacramento and designated one of the other Aussies, RHP Rich Thompson for assignment to make room for Jarrod Parker and RHP Jim Miller. The A’s want de los Santos to work on his mechanics and get things straightened out in Triple-A.
As for Thompson, who only made one appearance with Oakland, he was the victim of a numbers game. He was out of options andM elvin is hoping he stays with the organization. He liked what he saw in the one outing he made. Miller was preferable because he can pitch more innings out of the bullpen and serve as a long man. Miller had also pitched well in Sac, limiting the opposition to a .188 batting average. He was 0-1 with two saves and a 3.00 ERA in 8 outings with the RiverCats.
Unless Thompson returns, though, the A’s run with a record three Australian players on their 25-man roster was brief — two days.
Hopefully Jarrod Parker will be better than the last two times I saw him during spring. Supposedly, he’s worked out some issues with his control. He was 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA in four starts with Sacto.
The lineup: Weeks 2B, Sogard 3B, Reddick RF, Cespedes CF, Gomes LF, Suzuki C, Ka’aihue DH, Pennington SS, Barton 1B