There was lots of pregame A’s news today, and you can find it all on our website. Brandon Inge went on the 15-day D.L. Dallas Braden is having a second surgery on his left shoulder, and Jonny Gomes is trying to raise money for his hometown Petaluma team that is playing in the Little League World Series.
I’ll keep this brief, since the A’s and Royals are already underway. … Josh Donaldson was called up from Triple-A to take Inge’s roster spot, and Bob Melvin said Donaldson will be the main guy playing third in Inge’s place, with Adam Rosales serving as the utility man. “We feel like the best way to do this right now is with Josh as the primary third baseman,” Melvin said. “Each and every time you get here, it’s another opportunity for you, similar to what Chris Carter has done. We hope things work out for (Donaldson) as well as they have for Chris.”
–Brett Anderson will make another rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday at New Orleans, and indications are that it will be his final outing before coming off the D.L. if it goes well for him. The A’s want him to get to 100 pitches.
–Seth Smith (strained hamstring) is running and swinging the bat, so he appears to be coming along well during his D.L. stint. It shouldn’t be long before he’s back.
That’s all for now, folks …