Moss is back; Colon is on mound; Straily is sent out

Bartolo Colon (left) talks with interpreter Ariel Prieto

Brandon Moss is back with the A’s and in Saturday’s starting lineup.

He’d left the team Thursday to be with his wife, Allison, in San Ramon when it seemed as if she was about to give birth to the couple’s second son.

When it became evident that baby’s arrival wasn’t imminent, Moss said his goodbyes Saturday morning at the hospital and flew to Houston.

    “I kissed her goodbye and said `Just stay pregnant,’ ’’ Moss said before Saturday’s game.

The baby, who will be named Brody, isn’t due until April 28, but if he is going to show up early, Moss said “Monday would be good’’ for the delivery. The A’s fly from Houston to Orange County Sunday night and will be in Anaheim until Thursday night. And Monday is a day off.

Meanwhile, the club sent Shane Peterson, an infielder/outfielder who hit up a storm in spring training, back to Sacramento Saturday morning to rejoin the Triple-A team. But the club has him on speed dial in case Moss has to jump on the next flight out.

“I’m sure (Moss) is going to be on call for a while,’’ manager Bob Melvin said.

Also in the starting lineup is Bartolo Colon, whose 50-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs ended Friday. Colon will be making his first start since last Aug. 18, but the A’s were handling this start as if he’d never been away.

“We had the regular pitchers and catchers meeting,’’ Melvin said. “He’s a veteran who knows what he wants to do.’’

To get Colon on the 40-man active roster, the team asked for waivers on right-handed pitcher Will Harris, who was claimed by the Diamondbacks.

And to get him on the 25-man roster, the club sent down starter Dan Straily, who was coming off an 11-strikeout, no-walk win over the Astros Friday.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.