A few items from the clubhouse following the A’s 10-6 loss to the Tigers, a night where it was bad to be an Athletic unless your name was Brandon Inge …
–Yoenis Cespedes probably won’t return to the lineup until Saturday at the earliest, manager Bob Melvin said. Cespedes hit off a tee and took soft-toss swings but he did not hit in the batting cage. He needs to do that before he returns.
–Seeing Bartolo Colon struggle against the Tigers is nothing new — he’s 0-7 with a 7.67 ERA against them over his last 12 games (11 starts). What might be a concern is his dip in velocity. “The last couple times it looks like it’s been down a little bit,” Melvin said. The manager downplayed it by saying lots of pitchers experience arm fatigue this time of year, but Melvin also added: “We’ll monitor that.”
Colon simply chalked his night up to bad location. “I made some mistakes in location, and when you make mistakes in the big leagues, you’re going to have trouble.”
–We’re used to singing the praises of the A’s pitching and bashing their offense. But the rotation is not holding its own real well recently. Over the last 11 games, the starters have a 7.21 ERA (47 earned runs in 58 2/3 innings). Obviously the health of Brandon McCarthy’s shoulder is a big storyline for this team, but all five starters flat-out need to pick it up.
–Inge, not surprisingly, was surrounded by reporters after the game. What a tear it’s been recently for him. He’s the second player in A’s history to hit two grand slams in a three-game span (Jimmie Foxx did it back in 1932). And his slam Thursday came against the team that released him just two weeks ago. Inge is taking it all in stride. “It just happens sometimes,” he said. “I’m just trying to have fun. That’s when things go your way.”