By Joe Stiglich
Monday, September 3rd, 2012 at 12:43 pm in Uncategorized.
Here’s the lineups on a picturesque Labor Day afternoon at the Coliseum:
A’s — Crisp CF, Gomes LF, Reddick RF, Cespedes DH, Carter 1B, Donaldson 3B, Norris C, Drew SS, Rosales 2B; Milone LHP.
Angels — Trout CF, Hunter RF, Pujols DH, Trumbo 1B, Kendrick 2B, Aybar SS, Callaspo 3B, Wells LF, Ianetta C; Wilson LHP.
–I talked a bit with Scott Sizemore this morning as he continues rehabbing from his March surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He began taking ground balls last week and is scheduled to take batting practice on the field for the first time Tuesday. As of now, he is on track to be ready for the start of spring training in February. It’s been bittersweet for him to watch this improbable A’s season unfold and not be involved in it, as you could understand. “It’s been fun, but I’d love to be a part of it, contributing, because I think I could,” Sizemore said. “I just really enjoy watching it.”
It’s interesting to ponder how Sizemore might fit in to next year’s puzzle. If he returns full strength, he could certainly be a factor at third base, although Josh Donaldson has a chance to stake his claim to the long-term job with his performance through the rest of this season. And Brandon Inge’s status for 2013 is a wild card as well. I know some fans have wondered if Sizemore could get a look at second base next season, considering he was playing second base with Detroit before the A’s traded for him in 2011. I suppose that’s a possibility, though I haven’t run the idea by anybody in the front office. Jemile Weeks could get called up back up this month with a chance to show he’s progressed since being optioned. Grant Green will play second base in the Arizona Fall League, and the A’s are very happy with what he’s done offensively at Triple-A this season. And we can’t forget about Cliff Pennington and Adam Rosales, who are handling the position right now. I think there’s lots of flexibility with both second and third base looking ahead to next season …
–Tyson Ross was recalled today as expected, and A’s manager Bob Melvin said he envisions Ross serving primarily as a long reliever for now. I’m curious to see how he does in the bigs since being shifted full-time to the bullpen.
That’s all for now. Enjoy the game …