The A’s outrighted infielder Adam Rosales to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. A’s manager Bob Melvin said Rosales will get playing time at several positions. Rosales was designated for assignment after batting only .200 in 48 games.
“Last year, when he went through some struggles, we were able to send him down and get him going again, get him back up here again and rotate that position,” Melvin said. “So, he’s excited about just getting to play some and stay with the organization.”
— Some teams frown upon their players participating in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. Melvin said outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has his full blessing when he represents the A’s on Monday.
In fact, going for broke every swing just might benefit Cespedes the rest of the season, Melvin said.
“I wouldn’t argue that,” Melvin said. “He’s a guy that is a spotlight type guy, as we’ve seen since he first got here. I know he’s excited about it and rightly so. … It will be good for him to be in that spotlight. He likes the spotlight.”
Cespedes looked in peak form Friday afternoon, when he deposited numerous balls well beyond the left and centerfield walls. One prodigious blast hit off the Plexiglas of a suite in straightaway centerfield.
Cespedes typically takes batting practice off Melvin. He recently switched to third base coach Mike Gallego. And that’s just fine with Melvin, he said, because Melvin held two participants without a home run the only time he pitched in a home run derby.
— Pitcher Brett Anderson is throwing in excess of 100 feet these days, Melvin said. The next step in Anderson’s rehab from a sprained right ankle is throwing off a mound.
“Once we get on the mound, then you have a better indication of how far away you are. … We’re not there yet,” Melvin said.
Anderson has missed the past 65 games.
— Melvin waited for the right situation to use pitcher Sonny Gray in his major-league debut. The gloves are off now.
Melvin said the way Gray comported himself in a two-inning stint against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday showed that Gray is ready for anything.
“He impressed to the point where we could potentially use him in any situation,” Melvin said. “It didn’t look like he was nervous about anything.”
— Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury enters tonight’s game with a majors-best 19-game hitting streak. He is hitting .308 overall.
— Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey is 18-6, with a 2.91 ERA in 33 career starts against the A’s. The 18 wins are the most against one team by Lackey. He opposes Jarrod Parker tonight.
— Parker went 2-0, with a 1.35 ERA against the Red Sox in 2012. He is 4-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his past eight starts overall this season.