Luke Montz was just trying to be a good teammate Tuesday night.
A veteran catcher on the roster of the Sacramento River Cats, he was on the bench in Fresno when he and his teammates saw plenty not to like about a series of first inning ball-strike calls against outfielder Michael Choice.
Everybody spoke up, more than once. When the umpire had enough, he pointed to the bench and ejected … well, no one was quite sure who got ejected.
“I just jumped up,’’ Montz said. “I wasn’t in the lineup, so it made sense.’’
Josh Donaldson had a couple of hits and drove in a run Wednesday in the A’s 11-5 win over the Angels.
He’s hitting just .200 and is still looking for his first home run.
The news out of the clubhouse this morning concerning left fielder and cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes is good.
He doesn’t have much pain in his left elbow after having felt some there Saturday night and is getting Sunday off, at least mostly.
“There’s a good chance you could see him pinch-hit if we need him to,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s not swinging the bat as well as he normally does, and with a day off (Monday), that should help.’’
PHOENIX – The A’s almost had a bit of news this morning.
They posted the first starts for three expected members of the starting rotation, including Brett Anderson, who pitches against the Cubs in Mesa Thursday after A.J. Griffin faces the Diamondbacks today in Scottsdale and Dan Straily throws Wednesday at home against the Padres.