Deja vu, Fenway Park-style. The A’s are back in Boston less than three weeks after completing their last series here. You know about the trade rumors involving the A’s. The Red Sox are rumored to be considering Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez. They haven’t hit particularly well this month, and it’s all they can do to keep up with the Yankees right now.
It’s looking like Daric Barton might become the 13th A’s player to hit the DL. He said today his strained left hamstring isn’t feeling any better, and Bob Geren acknowledged Barton could be DL-bound. Triple-A Sacramento was still playing a doubleheader when Geren talked to us, and he said he hoped to chat with Rivercats manager Tony DeFrancesco about call-up possibilities. First baseman Tommy Everidge looks like a very strong candidate to me. This guy has been raking all season for Sacramento, and he’s currently on an 11-game hitting streak in which he’s batting .511. This is assuming Geren wants a first baseman, and he didn’t say that was set in stone. There may be more to report on this after the game …
Justin Duchscherer threw two perfect innings for Single-A Stockton yesterday, which surely didn’t discourage any teams looking to trade for him. His next outing is Friday for Sacramento. He’ll go 60 pitches and increase to 80 next time, so the A’s are definitely preparing him to start, although Geren repeated the team is keeping all options open with how Duke will be used.
With last night’s game going so long, I was on a pretty tight deadline and didn’t get a chance to address the A’s handling of Adrian Gonzalez all that much. Bob Geren talked about Gonzalez in his pregame media chat today. The A’s walked him four times — twice intentionally. One time came w/runners on the corners and one out in the sixth, with the game tied. That loaded the bases for Kevin Kouzmanoff, who singled in two runs. Geren said he had no regrets walking Gonzalez in that situation. The first baseman is tied for the major league lead with 23 homers and leads the majors with 57 walks. I didn’t have any problem with the call, either. One San Diego writer pointed out last night that Padres hitters, in general, have been pretty bad this season in the at-bat after Gonzalez draws a walk.
“On this team, it’s compared to the way Barry (Bonds) was treated in San Francisco,” Geren said, showing plenty of respect for Gonzalez. “There’s a lot of situations where you have to pitch to him. Other times you have to be careful.”
As for A’s news, Josh Outman said he was pleasantly surprised with how his left elbow felt this morning after he departed last night’s game in the second inning. He’s getting checked by a local orthopedist at the stadium tonight. Still no word on whether he’ll make his next start Wednesday against the Giants. …
With Edgar Gonzalez unavailable after last night’s extended outing, Geren said Santiago Casilla would be his long man tonight if needed. He’s hoping he won’t have to call on one. The A’s would love to get a lengthy outing from starter Brett Anderson, who hasn’t been sharp in each of his past two starts.
Tonight’s lineups, featuring the return of Ryan Sweeney in center field for Oakland. San Diego’s pitcher bats eighth once again:
O. Cabrera SS
E. Cabrera SS