Greetings from the Coliseum, where the clouds are gone and the sun has emerged to make it an ideal Sunday for baseball … Bob Melvin’s pregame media chat was all about injury updates this morning … A.J. Griffin threw his second bullpen session since joining the D.L. If his shoulder comes out of it well, he’ll likely head out on a rehab assignment in five days or so, Melvin said.
Outfielder Seth Smith and infielder Eric Sogard — both on the D.L. — ran the bases this morning. Melvin mentioned that Smith could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday.
–The news everyone will be waiting for, however, involves Brett Anderson. Melvin said he will have some sort of announcement regarding Anderson’s status after the game. It’s decision time on the lefty, as his minor league rehab assignment expires Monday. He either has to be added to the big league roster or optioned to the minors. You can bet he’s joining the big league staff, but at whose expense? Perhaps Jarrod Parker is pitching to keep himself in the rotation today. Or maybe Tommy Milone or Dan Straily get bumped. I have to think the A’s will consider going to a six-man rotation for the time being. It makes sense. Everyone in the rotation could use a little extra rest right now, and if you’ve got six capable arms, you might as well take advantage of them.
More on that after the game. Here’s the lineups:
A’s — Crisp CF, Donaldson 3B, Reddick RF, Cespedes DH, Carter 1B, Moss LF, Norris C, PEnnington SS, Weeks 2B; Parker RHP.
Indians — Carrera LF, Cabrera SS, Choo RF, Santana DH, Brantley CF, Kotchman 1B, Lillibridge 2B, Hannahan 3B, Marson C; Masterson RHP.