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.
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.”