Time for Moss’s paternity leave pushed back

Remember when A’s first baseman Brandon Moss missed half of last Wednesday’s game against the Mariners and all of Thursday’s game in Houston?

Well, all the push-and-pull he was feeling then about needing to be with his wife, Allison, on the birth of their second child, has been lessened a bit.

    Moss said that while there was every indication last week that birth was imminent, the word now that Allison’s April 28 due date may yet prove to be correct.

And he’s good with that.

“The doctors say there’s nothing happening now,’’ Moss said before Tuesday’s game against the Angels in The Big A. “We look to be back on schedule for the end of the month.’’

That, Moss said, is terrific news.

“The closer she comes to delivering on the due date, the better,’’ he said.

Whenever the moment comes, Moss will head back to the Bay Area. Because there was at least an outside chance that the A’s would lose Moss for games later in this series, manager Bob Melvin had Moss in the lineup against a left-hander, C.J. Wilson when he might otherwise have given the first baseman the night off.

The manager said he didn’t want Moss out of the lineup for a long series of games in succession, if he could help it.

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.