Today brings one of the more unique A’s lineups we’ve seen all season:
Oak: Pennington SS, Taylor RF, Reddick DH, Cespedes CF, Gomes LF, Inge 3B, Barton 1B, Recker C, Sogard 2B; Milone LHP
TB: Jennings LF, Upton CF, Pena 1B, Keppinger 3B, Scott DH, Rodriguez SS, Joyce RF, Gimenez C, Johnson 2B; Moore LHP
Jemile Weeks is still experiencing some groin tightness, part of the reason he’s out of the lineup. He’ll now get two days of rest with Monday’s day off. But manager Bob Melvin also noted that Weeks’ struggles at the plate factored in. Last night’s 0 for 6 game dropped Weeks’ average to .174. “He’s been grinding pretty hard at the plate. I think a couple days off will serve him well,” Melvin said. This rough stretch is really going to test how Weeks deals with adversity. I see the A’s giving him more time to work himself out of his problems before considering sending him to the minors. But I’d think there has to be a level of concern in the organization over Weeks’ struggles. All of the offseason moves the A’s made signaled that this team is looking toward the future, and Weeks’ continued progression is a huge piece of that future …
–The A’s have adjusted their upcoming rotation. Brandon McCarthy, who was scheduled to start Wednesday, will now start Tuesday’s series opener against Toronto, and Jarrod Parker will move back one day to Wednesday. As things stand, Tyson Ross will go Thursday, Bartolo Colon on Friday and Tommy Milone on Saturday. Speaking of Ross, he was on the field this morning working with pitching Curt Young, bullpen coach Rick Rodriguez and roving minor league pitching instructor Gil Patterson, who lives in Florida. Some of the work Ross was doing didn’t even involve a ball, just him going through his motion.
–Josh Reddick gets a start at DH to give him a bit of a rest, with Michael Taylor playing right field and batting second, which probably raises some eyebrows. Melvin said he’d like to squeeze in one extra at-bat for Taylor, and batting him up high does that. With Weeks and Coco Crisp both out, the options are limited for the top of the lineup.