A’s outfielder Michael Taylor has enjoyed a productive spring training, but time appears to be running out on his tenure in Oakland. The 28-year-old Stanford product is out of options and there’s not a spot on the A’s Opening Day roster for him.
Manager Bob Melvin indicated a trade could be likely for Taylor.
“You never know how it plays out here but he’s created this situation for him,” Melvin said of Taylor. “I know other teams are looking at him and watching him pretty hard. It’s a credit to him that he played so relaxed this spring and put up the numbers that he did. Regardless what happens, I feel that he’ll end up in a good situation for him.”
Taylor’s hitting .274 with three home runs and 10 RBIs this spring. However, in 26 games spread out over portions of three big league seasons, Taylor is hitting just .135 with one homer and one RBI.
* Scott Kazmir’s Bay Area debut in an A’s uniform should see him throw about 80 pitches tonight against the Giants. With the injuries to starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, the A’s want to hold their starters back a little bit more than normal in their final exhibition start because they’ll have four days instead of five before they make their regular season debut.
* Nick Punto, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, did some pregame running on the field. If all goes well, Melvin expects him to play Friday night against the Giants.
Here’s the starting lineups: