The roster shuffle continues for the A’s, and it’s not surprising considering how heavily their bullpen has been used. Relievers Evan Scribner and Pedro Figueroa were called up, outfielder Michael Taylor was sent down and starter A.J. Griffin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. Both A’s manager Bob Melvin and Griffin seem to believe it’s not a major injury, but the A’s want to be cautious with the rookie. Plus, Brandon McCarthy was lights out in Saturday’s rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento, going six scoreless innings and allowing just two hits with nine strikeouts. He says he feels ready to return and Melvin said the plan is for McCarthy to slide into Griffin’s spot for Friday’s road trip opener against the White Sox. “Mac has to get through a bullpen session,” Melvin said. “We want to make sure that goes well, but that’s what we’re targeting at this point.”
–Judging from Melvin’s comments, the A’s are re-assessing the closer situation in light of Ryan Cook’s recent struggles. Cook is unavailable today simply because he’s pitched three straight days, but it’s obvious the A’s must examine whether it’s time to try someone else in the ninth inning. “We’ll continue to monitor that,” Melvin said. “We’ll take all the variables into consideration like we do with anybody. You have to support younger guys going through difficult times. At times that, hypothetically, you need to give somebody a break from a role, we’ve shown we can do that too. We’ll figure that out here in the coming days.”
The lineups, with Yoenis Cespedes back in the lineup as DH after he missed one start with a sprained right wrist.
A’s — Crisp CF, Gomes LF, Reddick RF, Cespedes DH, Carter 1B, Inge 3B, Norris C, Rosales SS, Weeks 2B; Milone LHP.
Jays — Davis LF, Gose CF, Encarnacion DH, Escobar SS, Johnson 2B, Mathis C, Gomes 1B, Sierra RF, Hechavarria 3B; Laffey LHP.