This is Darren Sabedra, filling in John Hickey as the A’s play host to the Yankees on Saturday in the second game of a three-game weekend series.
Before I hit the pregame clubhouse, I wanted to pass along a little news.
The A’s traded former top prospect Michael Taylor on Saturday to the Chicago White Sox for minor-league right-hander Jake Sanchez.
Taylor, 28, played in only 26 games for Oakland and was currently with Triple A Sacramento, where the outfielder was the RiverCats’ franchise leader in games (511), at-bats (1,900), hits (521), and RBI (325).
Sanchez, 24, made nine starts and 15 appearances for Class A Kannapolis, going 5-4 with a 2.80 ERA and three saves.
The trade could help Taylor, A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
“Sometimes a change of scenery invigorates a guy,” Melvin said. ”You feel like you have a new life, to an extent. We wish him the best. He’s done a great job for us in Triple A and had a good spring for us this year. There just wasn’t room for him. But an easy guy to manage, a hard-working kid. Hopefully this opportunity somewhere else is what he needs.”
Second baseman Eric Sogard was back in the lineup Saturday after tweaking an ankle earlier in the week.
“He could have gone yesterday,” Melvin said. “But after playing the night in Anaheim when he was struggling a little bit, we tried to get him as close to 100 percent as possible. He feels a lot better today.”
Sogard enters Saturday’s game hitting just .197 but has hit .250 in his past 16 games.
Josh Reddick continued his road back from hyper-extended right knee Saturday, going through what Melvin called a full workout that included batting practice.
But the right fielder, who is eligible to return from the disabled list Monday, might go through a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the team.
“I don’t think it’s a bad idea to get a few games in, regardless, when you’ve sat that long, not seeing live pitching,” Melvin said. “But that’s something we’ll discuss here in the near future.”
Reddick was injured in a collision with the right-field wall at the Coliseum on May 31
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was a late scratch because of tightness in his left rib cage. The A’s probably did not mind, given that Teixeira has 36 home runs against them, the most he has hit against any opponent.