By Joe Stiglich
Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at 11:54 am in Uncategorized.
Ben Enos filling in for Joe Stiglich
The sun is out for the finale of this weekend’s Bay Bridge Series, and the home nine looks a bit different than originally intended as Oakland tries to salvage a game against the Giants.
For starters, the rumored became official this morning as A.J. Griffin will make his major league debut for the A’s. The 24-year old is 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and played his college ball at the University of San Diego. He comes to Oakland with a 3-2 record at Triple-A Sacramento, having made seven starts at Double-A Midland to start the year before making eight with the River Cats. He takes the ball today in place of Brandon McCarthy (strained shoulder), who was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to June 20. To make room for Griffin on the 40-man roster, minor league reliever Danny Farquhar was designated for assignment.
Griffin isn’t the only new face in the clubhouse. Reliever Evan Scribner rejoins the club, hoping to provide some help for a heavily worked bullpen. Infielder Eric Sogard was optioned to Triple-A to bring Scribner back. Sogard was in the clubhouse doing some packing this morning, and said he understood the numbers game he got caught up in. He also said he hopes to be back after his 10 days in the minors.
Derek Norris gets another start behind the plate. Manager Bob Melvin said the initial plan was to have Kurt Suzuki catch McCarthy, but once Griffin became the guy, Norris was put in the lineup because he and Griffin are more familiar with each other. Melvin also said that there’s a possibility Yoenis Cespedes could return to the outfield during the upcoming road trip. Whether that happens in Seattle or Texas, he didn’t know.
It’s the final game of a nine-game homestand, and I’m guessing 6-3 would feel a lot better than 5-4 when the A’s leave for Seattle tonight. Getaway day set for a 1:05 first pitch.
A’s: Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Reddick RF, Cespedes DH, Smith LF, Inge 3B, Moss 1B, Norris C, Pennington SS. Griffin P.
Giants: Blanco RF, Theriot 2B, Cabrera LF, Posey C, Pagan CF, Sandoval 3B, Belt 1B, Sanchez DH, Crawford SS. Cain P.