Josh Reddick said he and his teammates had a good time with the thought they were flying from Seattle to Oakland after Sunday’s win on a plane tricked out in San Francisco Giants colors.
It was, in fact, the Giants’ plane, a 737 that became the A’s third option when Oakland’s first two choices by contract, a 767 and a 757 that are the planes of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, were unavailable.
After snapping a photo of the plane with the script “We are SF We are Giant,’’ Reddick went to Twitter with the post “Apparently we made the jump to a new plane. #AreYouKiddingMe.’’
“It was a top-notch plane,’’ Reddick said. “No one in here is legitimately pissed. We were all having a little fun with this. There were zero complaints.’’
The Giants’ plane, a 737, is smaller than the planes the A’s are used to, but it had all first-class seating, which several of the A’s said was quite comfortable, and “really let you stretch out,’’ according to one.
Maybe there were no complaints coming from inside the clubhouse. However, Reddick said A’s fans were none too happy, and told him so via their Twitter responses.
“There sure were fans who were upset,’’ the right fielder said. “There is a little extra something when we play the Giants, but for the fans, they put a lot into who they root for. I was surprised at the strength of the reaction.’’
It turns out that the A’s were told they were getting the Giants’ plane, but not that the logo and slogan would be plastered all over it. It’s a good bet it won’t happen again.’’
–The A’s have lost left-handed starter Felix Doubront for the season. He’s due to undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Tuesday.
Doubront will have a reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow under a team headed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati’s Beacon Orthopedics. Doubront had gone to Kremchek for a second opinion after the elbow damage was discovered.
The left-hander left his final spring start on April 2 after feeling discomfort in his elbow in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants. The initial prognosis was described as the pitcher “having some deficiencies in his ligaments’’ by A’s trainer Nick Paparesta after the initial reading of an MRI.
Paparesta said that there was ample need for a second opinion and Doubront opted for Kremchek, one of the foremost orthopedic specialists treating athletes.
“First and foremost we feel for Felix,’’ A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ““He’d found a home here and had earned a spot in the rotation.’’
Instead, left-hander Eric Surkamp has been given the chance to pitch as the fifth starter. He allowed two runs in 4.1 innings Friday in his first start against the Mariners, and he’s down to start against the Angels in the finale of the current series Wednesday afternoon.
Beyond Surkamp, the A’s have Jesse Hahn, who was in the rotation for a half a season last year before arm problems of his own and who is currently pitching for Triple-A Nashville. Then there is Henderson Alvarez, who is working his way back from shoulder surgery last July and who could be ready to join the rotation late in May.
“We feel we can withstand it,’’ Melvin said of the loss of Doubront. “It’s unfortunate that this has happened. But in addition to Hahn there is (top prospect) Sean Manaea. And there’s Henderson, too.’’
The 28-year-old Doubront came up with the Red Sox but last year was 3-3 with one save and a 5.50 ERA in 16 games split between Toronto and Oakland.
–Rickey Henderson was in the A’s clubhouse before Monday’s game as he will be off-and-on during the regular season as part of the Hall of Fame outfielder’s work with the club.
–Melvin doesn’t seem to be too concerned with the slow start of Khris Davis, the left fielder having a .174 average with no homers or RBI and 13 strikeouts in 23 at-bats. “He’s off to a bit of a slow start,’’ Melvin said, “but it’s early. When you see him in batting practice, he’s hitting almost every ball to the opposite field.’’
–Monday was the third consecutive start for Coco Crisp in center field, which mean a third consecutive day on the bench for Billy Burns. Melvin said Crisp is likely to sit with the A’s facing a left-handed starter in Hector Santiago Tuesday and again with a day game Wednesday, both of which figure to be starts for Burns.
–Monday was the fifth consecutive non-start for DH Billy Butler, but he, like Burns, is likely to be in the lineup against Santiago.