Crazy stuff happens whenever I take a home game off. The A’s either play 15 innings or score 20 runs or do something nutty. Last night was just another chapter in what’s been quite the amazing season so far …
–The home clubhouse at the Coliseum starts to resemble spring training this time of year when rosters expand. It just gets a little more crowded. Though the A’s only recalled two players today, the extra lockers have been added in the middle of the clubhouse as more players will be coming soon. …
Outfielder Collin Cowgill and infielder Brandon Hicks were recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, and A.J. Griffin (tonight’s starting pitcher) and Brandon Inge were reinstated from the disabled list. … Let the intrigue begin regarding third base. A’s manager Bob Melvin said he’s not committed to either Inge or Josh Donaldson as his regular starter right now, but with Donaldson nursing a minor hip injury that required a day off, it was easy to pencil Inge in at third. But what happens from this point on?
“We’ll see how it goes over there,” Melvin said. “We have two guys that we feel can be productive and have been productive over the course of the season. It’s a good problem to have. We’ll just see how it goes at this point.”
Melvin did offer this nugget: He considers Inge an option at second base, which I know a lot of fans have been wondering about. “Brandon’s played some second before,” Melvin said. “Whether we have some added depth there and he’s able to do that, that is an option. Penny and Rosie also have been pretty good there to this point. But there could be a time when you see Inge taking some ground balls at second base.”
And what about Donaldson possibly playing some catcher? Melvin said he likes the fact that he has a third catching option who has experience behind the plate in Donaldson. But “we like our tandem with Derek and George,” he said. “If something happened and you pinch-hit for somebody, and one of the other guys ended up coming out of the game or we had to do something, Josh is certainly a guy that’s not an emergency catcher, he’s actually a catcher. He gives us depth at that position, but we don’t have any plans at this point to start him behind the plate.”
A’s: Crisp CF, Gomes DH, Reddick RF, Cespedes LF, Carter 1B, Inge 3B, Norris C, Hicks SS, Rosales 2B; Griffin RHP.
Red Sox: Ellsbury CF, Pedroia 2B, Podsednik LF, Ross RF, Loney 1B, Saltalamacchia C, Aviles SS, Lavarnway DH, Ciriaco 3B; Doubront LHP.
Hicks is in the lineup with Drew getting his first game off at shortstop since joining the A’s. As for Cowgill, Melvin said he could spell Crisp at center, but he plans to utilize him mainly for in-game substitutions (think pinch runner).
That’s all for now. Enjoy the game …