After my afternoon rambling on the trade deadline, I’ll just give a quick update on team-related stuff. We did talk to A’s assistant GM David Forst, who said the team made it clear to other teams there were key young players the A’s simply weren’t going to deal. But he also said the team would stay open to waiver trade possibilities in August. Basically, if players clear waivers, they can be traded all the way until Aug. 31 and be eligible for the postseason with their new team. Forst didn’t reveal too much or give much in the way of specifics, but I’ll have more on the topic in the game story.
–Brandon McCarthy will throw another bullpen session in a couple days, and the A’s will decide then whether he’ll make another rehab start. There’s a “good chance” he will, according to manager Bob Melvin. Brett Anderson made his third rehab start this afternoon and went four innings, allowing four hits and two runs for Triple-A Sacramento. He’s coming along well, and soon the A’s will have to decide how to handle their rotation to accomodate Anderson and McCarthy (assuming both rejoin the rotation). Melvin and Forst both said they’ll cross that bridge when they come to it. Melvin says a six-man rotation still hasn’t been discussed.
–Coco Crisp and Cliff Pennington both hit in the cage tonight. Crisp is still day to day, but Pennington will definitely need a rehab assignment as he returns from a left elbow injury.
A’s — Weeks 2B, Smith LF, Reddick RF, Cespedes CF, Carter DH, Moss 1B, Kottaras C, Hicks SS, Sogard 3B; Milone LHP.
Rays — Jennings LF,Upton CF, Zobrist 2B, Keppinger 3B, Pena 1B, Rodriguez SS, Joyce DH, Lobaton C, Fuld RF; Shields RHP.