There was talk of rain affecting tonight’s game, but the skies are clear right now. Fingers crossed.
The day’s news so far …
–The A’s are trying to complete a trade for Milwaukee Brewers catcher George Kottaras, but it’s my understanding that no deal will be completed for a day or two as the clubs try to hash out who the A’s will send to Milwaukee in return. Kottaras was designated for assignment Thursday, and he hit just .209 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 58 games before that. So obviously, this isn’t the kind of major move that some have been anticipating for this team. There may still be other moves to come before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
The assumption is that Kottaras will join the big league roster (the A’s would have to send him through waivers first before he could be optioned to the minors). So it seems either A) Derek Norris will be sent to the minors, or B) a trade involving Kurt Suzuki might be brewing. Suzuki’s name has been in trade rumors in recent weeks, but much less recently as the trade deadline approaches. I’d expect Norris to go down, and that this trade won’t have a major impact one way or another. It will just give the A’s a little more experience behind the plate.
–Josh Reddick said he thinks he was OK to play tonight, but the A’s held him out of the lineup with an upper back contusion after last night’s crash into the right field wall. A’s manager Bob Melvin expected Reddick to be available to pinch hit assuming he came out of batting practice OK. Reddick said he felt as if a “shock went up my back” when he hit the wall making a game-ending catch. He got the wind knocked out of him but regained his breath quickly while laying on the warning track. It was pointed out to Reddick that he’s had an eventful road trip in right field. In Toronto, he made that terrific catch where he climbed the chain link fence and held on to catch the ball. “I wish that had been a chain-link fence (Friday night), I know that,” Reddick said. “I’ll take a chain-link fence over a concrete pad any day. I’ll be back out there tomorrow. I’d do it again if I have to catch the ball.”
In a nod to his catch in Toronto, someone brought a SpiderMan costume to the clubhouse Saturday, and Reddick was spotted wearing it around before batting practice.
–Jemile Weeks is hitting second tonight, but Melvin indicated the switch hitter is likely to return to the ninth spot when Reddick returns. Melvin likes what Weeks is doing at the bottom of the order. Seth Smith is hitting third tonight, but if Reddick were playing, Melvin acknowleged that Smith might have been his man in the No. 2 spot.
–Brandon McCarthy will make a rehab start Monday for Triple-A Sacramento in Reno, and Brett Anderson will pitch the next night. Pretty nice back-to-back attraction for the price of a minor league ticket. …
A’s — Crisp CF, Weeks 2B, Smith RF, Cespedes LF, Carter DH, Moss 1B, Inge 3B, Suzuki C, Sogard SS; Colon RHP.
O’s — Markakis RF, Hardy SS, Davis DH, JOnes CF, Betemit 3B, Chavez LF, Reynolds 1B, Quintanilla 2B, Teagarden C; Hunter RHP.