Yoenis Cespedes was scheduled to get X-rays on his injured left hand this morning, and hopefully we’ll get an update after the game. Obviously, the seriousness of that injury has huge ramifications for the A’s, who have won three in a row and are riding high after last night’s walkoff win.
A’s – Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Reddick CF, Gomes LF, Smith RF, Ka’aihue DH, Inge 3B, Barton 1B, Recker C; Ross RHP.
Jays – Johnson 2B, Escobar SS, Bautista RF, Encarnacion DH, Thames LF, Lawrie 3B, Rasmus CF, Lind 1B, Arencibia C; Morrow RHP.
Josh Reddick gets another start in center field, and he’s probably looking at more time there if Cespedes misses multiple games. Reddick was planning to get some work in center during batting practice. Last night, Cespedes was scratched so late that Reddick didn’t really get to take any fly balls there. We saw him get fooled pretty bad on a ball last night but he recovered to make the catch. Reddick played some center with Boston, but it’s a pretty significant adjustment going from right to center. And as A’s manager Bob Melvin pointed out, playing center at the Coliseum during a day game is really tough because of the sun, especially late in the afternoon. “It is different in center field,” Melvin said. “The ones hit right to you are the ones that are going to fool you.” Balls hit to the left or right of a center fielder are easier to judge because of the angle.
That ninth-inning at-bat from Michael Taylor was pretty impressive to get last night’s winning rally started. Interesting that Melvin said he probably would have pinch-hit Kila Ka’aihue for Taylor had there been runners on base. But with Taylor leading off the inning, he wanted to see how the outfielder responded after striking out three times earlier. That’s the tricky balance Melvin has to strike with this team: He needs to pull the strings that offer the A’s the best chance to win, while trying to put players like Taylor in critical situations to evaluate them and see how they handle it. It worked out on all fronts for the A’s last night …