Ben Enos filling in for Joltin’ Joe Stiglich
The A’s are back in Oakland, after a road trip that pretty much everyone said felt a lot longer than it was. They welcome Boston to town, with Jarrod Parker set to oppose Daisuke Matsuzaka in the series opener.
Couple injury notes to pass along from pregame. The most immediate revolves around Tuesday’s game, as manager Bob Melvin confirmed that Bartolo Colon will return from the disabled list to make the start. Colon has been on the shelf since June 18 with a strained right oblique. A corresponding roster move will come tomorrow, but my guess is it might be a bullpen arm heading back to Triple-A Sacramento.
On the long term front, Dallas Braden (shoulder) threw off a mound for the first time since March in a 20-pitch pregame bullpen. Melvin said Braden threw all fastballs and looked good. He also said Braden was fired up to throw, saying “That was like game day for him.”
Fellow lefty Brett Anderson is also progressing in his comeback after throwing a 40-pitch bullpen on Sunday. Melvin said Anderson threw both fastballs and breaking balls in the workout. Melvin said Anderson would throw to hitters Tuesday, but Anderson later told the San Francisco Chronicle that will happen Friday.
Outfielder Collin Cowgill (sprained ankle) was moving well around the clubhouse, and said he thinks he’ll return when eligible on July 8. He said the focus remains on strengthening and flexibility exercises to minimize scar tissue.
Alright, that’s about all for the MASH unit. Derek Norris is behind the dish tonight instead of Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki had been catching Parker, but Melvin wanted to get Norris the start in two of the three games against Boston. Melvin also praised Suzuki for his mentoring of Norris, saying Suzuki has done a good job of helping Norris prepare.
The sun is out and the shadows are creeping in over the Coliseum, but it doesn’t have the feel of a balmy night in Oakland. I’m thinking tonight will be jacket weather.
A’s: Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Reddick RF, Cespedes DH, Smith LF, Norris C, Moss 1B, Inge 3B, Pennington SS. Parker P.
Red Sox: Nava LF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Saltalamacchia C, Gonzalez 1B, Ross RF, Kalish CF, Aviles SS, Punto 3B. Matsuzaka P.