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Brandon Inge to the DL, Adam Rosales called up from minors as A’s go for split in Texas

Unfortunately for the A’s, they’re starting to assemble a pretty impressive All-DL team: Yoenis Cespedes in center field, Coco Crisp in left, lefties Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden in the rotation, and now Brandon Inge at third base. Inge was placed on the 15-day disabled list as expected Thursday with a right groin strain. To take his spot, the A’s recalled Adam Rosales from Triple-A Sacramento. Rosales is starting at first base today in place of Daric Barton with Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison on the mound. A’s manager Bob Melvin said Rosales also will see time at third and might spell Jemile Weeks and/or Cliff Pennington on occasion. Expect to see the right-handed hitter mainly against lefties.

The lineups:
A’s – Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Reddick RF, Gomes LF, Suzuki C, Donaldson 3B, Ka’aihue DH, Rosales 1B, Cowgill CF; McCarthy RHP.

Rangers – Kinsler 2B, Andrus SS, Young DH, Beltre 3B, Murphy LF, Cruz RF, Napoli C, Moreland 1B, Gentry CF; Harrison LHP.

Rosales looked wide awake this morning, surprising considering he caught a redeye flight out of Sacramento at 12:30 a.m., connected in Houston, then took a prop plane for the short flight to Dallas that landed at 8:30 a.m. He said his body feels OK right now. “It’s always the second day that is hard.” If he homers, I don’t expect him to sprint around the bases with any less vigor.

I’m guessing some of you might like to see Rosales plugged in as the regular third baseman until Inge returns? Melvin said he talked to Josh Donaldson about last night’s defensive mistake, when he took too long to field and throw to first on Craig Gentry’s grounder that went for an RBI single. “You have to address things like that,” Melvin said. “How you do it and when you do it is up for debate. But he’s got to understand the situation and take care of it going forward.”

The truth is, Rosales isn’t a perfect answer at third either. The A’s have very little depth at that position, which is why Inge’s impact meant so much to this team.

–Melvin said the A’s should have a better read on the status of outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp – both on the DL – when they join the team in San Francisco tomorrow. “We’ll know whether (Crisp) is close to maybe playing a rehab game or two.”

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    No sooner then I brought up the DL..then the A’s returned to it like the Swallows of Capistrano.
    No wonder Ben Franklin said never think positive-and you wont be disappointed.Or,something like that..

  • crister

    Come on Joe, forget Inge, are you going to ask Wolff or beane about Selig’s “Oh by the way” remark about moving the team?
    I’m sure that’s exactly what Wolff wants now. Having to answer all the speculative questions about moving out of the area and or selling. Why not… If he’s pretty much kicked Oakland to the side, then why make it easy for Fisher and co to bounce and not have to address uncomfortable questions at least. It’s not like they’re trying to earn brownie points with the East bay at this point.

  • marc

    What a scrappy team, I love watching them. It will be great when everybody is back. Joe, I was watching pregames for the last 4-5 games and they kept talking about Inge should be ready for the next game. What happened? He was supposed to be ready Monday, then Tuesday, then Wednesday, then DL……I’m not sure I understand how the injury got worse.

  • Stan

    A’s attendance is way up..winning is the best way to draw fans. Beats Coco Crisp bobbleheads.

  • Joe Stiglich

    We had a columnist handling the story that day, Crister, which is why I didn’t write about it. … As for questions about what went wrong with Inge, it seems things got worse w/his groin when he tried running all-out on Wednesday. He had a groin injury early in season and went on DL. This time he tried to push it. Rest seems to be only remedy …