A’s: Parrino, Sizemore, Rosales among possible infield help

The A's need a backup shortstop now that their backup, Nick Punto, is headed for the disabled list.

The A’s need a backup shortstop now that their backup, Nick Punto, is headed for the disabled list.

The A’s aren’t done rearranging their roster.

They knew that as soon as they saw Nick Punto round third base, then scramble on all fours to get back to third base.

Punto had to be helped off the field, and manager Bob Melvin said after the game that the consensus was that Punto was heading to the disabled list. He was the A’s second baseman Saturday, but he’s their top backup at shortstop to Jed Lowrie, and the club is going to need a replacement pronto.

In the short term at least, the A’s can promote Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento. He’s been up before and he can play all three infield positions. He’s been playing shortstop for the River Cats while batting .286, and he could fill in at second, third or short, as needed.

    But the club might want to go for someone with more Major League experience. Oakland had considered making a move for an infielder, probably a second baseman, just before the trading deadline, but just because July 31 has come and gone, doesn’t mean the A’s can’t bring in outside help.

The Yankees just released Scott Sizemore, who was well-liked in Oakland and who is healthy again. He’s more of a second base/third base type and with the focus now on filling in for Punto and not at second base for Eric Sogard and Alberto Callaspo, the team would seem to need someone who can play shortstop more than ever.

If Oakland wants to stay with someone the A’s know and who knows them, they might be able to pry Adam Rosales away from the last-place Rangers. Rosales doesn’t play much shortstop any more, but he can play it if pressed, and he plays second and third well enough. Unlike Sizemore, Rosales would have to go through waivers.

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.