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A’s lose OF Alex Hassan to Rangers on waiver claim

The A’s lost outfielder Alex Hassan to the Rangers Thursday when Texas claimed Hassan less than 24 hours after the A’s had requested waivers.

The A’s waived Hassan in order to make room on the 40-man roster for veteran outfielder Cody Ross, signed after he’d been released by Arizona. Ross started Wednesday and singled home two runs in five at-bats.

    Oakland had claimed Hassan twice since the end of the 2014 season, including on Feb. 27. The 27-year-old then went 8-for-18 (.444) in nine games despite missing most of the spring to a hamstring injury.

 

–Manager Bob Melvin said the A’s want to get closer Tyler Clippard into the game Thursday against the Rangers.

He’s the only man in the A’s bullpen not to have thrown in any of Oakland’s first three games.

“This is a game to get him in there regardless,’’ Melvin said. “You don’t want him to go five days without throwing.’’

 

–Stephen Vogt was in the lineup batting second Thursday, making him the fourth different man the A’s have used in that spot in the season’s first four games.

“Somebody’s got to hit there,’’ Melvin said with a grin. “We’re trying to find the right guy to hit there.’’

It wasn’t much of an issue as long as the club thought left fielder Coco Crisp would be available to lead off. But with Crisp’s elbow surgery putting him on the disable list through late May, Melvin has been using the usual suspects for the No. 2 slot – Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld twice each – as his leadoff men.

Melvin hinted that right fielder Josh Reddick, due to come off the disabled list Saturday, could move into the No. 2 mix.

 

–Mark Canha drove in four runs with a single and two doubles in his first big league start Wednesday.

The rookie from San Jose and Cal is mostly down to start against left-handed pitching, but he was back in the lineup Thursday against the right-handed Nick Martinez.

His versatility helps him. Canha started at first base Wednesday but was in left field Thursday as the A’s are scrambling to make do in the outfield with two of three starters, Crisp and Reddick, on the disabled list.

Ben Zobrist made the first three starts in left, but he was moved to right field Thursday.

 

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.