It’s another unusually hot day at the Coliseum, one of the warmest I can remember for an A’s game. …
–Yoenis Cespedes is out of the lineup again and won’t play Sunday either, according to manager Bob Melvin. The A’s will re-evaluate him after Monday’s day off. Given that, Seth Smith gets another start in left field, which he certainly doesn’t mind. Check the numbers: Smith is hitting .337 with all six of his home runs in 31 games as an outfielder. He’s hitting .178 in 23 games at designated hitter. Obviously when Cespedes returns, Smith — who has provided the A’s a huge left with his bat — will have to go back to DH. Melvin acknowledged that Smith’s hot hitting seems to go hand-in-hand with him playing the outfield. And Melvin quipped: “When he’s DH’ing, he stands in my way too much (in the dugout).” Look for Melvin to get creative in continuing to find ways to keep Smith in the lineup defensively. Exhibit A: Josh Reddick is serving as DH today.
–Tyson Ross gets the call on the mound, and it’s always interesting to see if he can translate success in the minor leagues back up to the big league level. Melvin said the reports were that Ross was handling left-handed hitters better for Triple-A Sacramento and pitching inside more. That’s a key for his success up here. Right now, it’s looking like it could be a short stay for Ross, as Melvin announced this morning that Brandon McCarthy will return to the rotation to start Tuesday against the Dodgers. But the A’s hold Ross in very high regard, and if he throws well, they will find a way to get him back in the rotation soon. Travis Blackley threw well on Friday, so you would think he’ll stay in the rotation for the time being.
–Reliever Evan Scribner was sent down to make roster room for Ross. That’s a tough break for Scribner, who picked up his first major league save last night with three shutout innings. But because he wasn’t going to be available for a day or two after that extended outing, he was the logical option to go down. The A’s also swapped out utility men, promoting Eric Sogard and optioning Adam Rosales to Triple-A.
A’s — Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Reddick DH, Smith LF, Inge 3B, Moss 1B, Cowgill RF, Suzuki C, Pennington SS; Ross RHP.
Padres — Venable LF, Cabrera SS, Headley 3B, Quentin DH, Kotsay RF, Alonso 1B, Maybin CF, Baker C, Amarista 2B; Ohlendorf RHP.