Some series bring more buzz with them than others. This A’s-Dodgers matchup feels like one. Or at least it did down on the field during batting practice watching all these former teammates from both sides schmooze with each other. Rickey Henderson was catching up with Rick Honeycutt and Davey Lopes, who are both on the Dodgers coaching staff. Mark Ellis, who was doing so well as the Dodgers’ second baseman before landing on the DL with a scary leg injury, was talking to lots of A’s players and clubhouse personnel. Pretty cool being close to all of that …
–A’s right-hander Bartolo Colon is “pretty certain” to join the DL with his strained right oblique. It’s just a matter of when. Team officials likely are contemplating who might fill his rotation spot, and since Colon’s turn doesn’t come up until Saturday, they’ve got some time. Colon had an MRI on Monday and was scheduled to see a doctor again this evening. He told me his oblique felt “the same” as it did Sunday when the injury happened (Colon is usually a man of few words).
Look for Yoenis Cespedes to potentially rejoin the lineup Wednesday. Melvin said he had a great day of running Tuesday, so the only question is whether he returns in left field or at DH. Melvin believes there are plusses and minuses to each — if he’s DH, that will save his injured hamstring some hard activity, but there’s also the chance his leg can get stiff on the bench when the A’s are in the field. I still think we’ll see Cespedes at DH to begin. the added bonus for the A’s is that Seth Smith could continue playing in the outfield, and we know how much better Smith hits when he’s playing the outfield.
–The A’s also signed both of their sandwich picks between the first and second rounds — shortstop/third baseman Daniel Robertson and first baseman Matt Olson. I’ll have a bit more on them in my notebook for tomorrow …
A’s — Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Reddick RF, Smith LF, Inge 3B, Moss 1B, Gomes DH, Suzuki C, Pennington SS; McCarthy RHP.
Dodgers — Gordon SS, Herrera LF, Ethier RF, Abreu DH, Loney 1B, Ellis C, Kennedy 2B, Uribe 3B, Gwynn Jr., CF; Harang RHP.