June 2010

A dose of injury updates

Travis Buck has fully recovered from the strained right oblique muscle
that put him on the disabled list April 22, but the A’s outfielder is
now experiencing leg soreness. Buck has undergone several tests for the
problem, all of which have come back negative. He will receive more
tests this week in hopes of figuring out the cause of said pain and continue his rehab work.

Joey Devine and Josh Outman will revisit orthopedist Dr. James Andrews this week. Both pitchers have experienced several setbacks recently and, according to manager Bob Geren, will be “shut down for a fairly extended period of time.” Devine was hoping to be undergoing a Minor League rehab stint by now and join the team by the end of the month. He had Tommy John surgery last April, and players usually require 12 months of recovery time.

Brett Anderson (elbow tendinitis) is steadily progressing with his rehab program in Arizona, where he’s now throwing up to 160 feet from flat ground. If all continues to go well, the right-handed starter may very well be back in Oakland’s starting rotation shortly after the All-Star Break.

A handful of Minor League tidbits: Chris Carter is batting just .238 for Triple-A Sacramento. He’s collected 15 homers, but he’s also tallied 82 strikeouts in 70 games. … Michael Taylor, meanwhile, has been struggling a bit at the plate as well. He’s hitting .241 through 56 games for the River Cats. His strikeout total: 42. …2010 Spring Training invitees Dallas McPherson and Eric Sogard are posting big numbers for Sacramento. McPherson went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs in Tuesday’s contest and how has four long balls and nine RBIs over his last four games. Sogard’s been impressive all season for the River Cats and most recently has a 15-game hitting streak, a time during which he’s batting .373 (22-for-59). … 2009 first-round Draft pick Grant Green, who on Tuesday was named to the 2010 All-Star Futures Game, ranks third in the California League with 90 hits. … Remember Brad Kilby? He’s been on the disabled list in Sacramento since May 27.  

Out and about

Look what I found while walking around Wrigleyville.


It’s your call …

In the midst of all the wacky late-inning shenanigans that took place in tonight’s loss, one event that was slightly forgotten in it all was Geren’s five-minute discussion with the umpires in the first inning after Rajai Davis was held at second base by Matt Tolbert, who held his body against the A’s outfielder when a throw from Francisco Liriano went into the outfield. Davis, as we all know, ended up scoring, so in the end it didn’t really matter. But Geren was out there for a rather extended amount of time, so of course we had to ask him about the whole ordeal. Here’s what he had to say:

“It’s an obstruction call when he’s trying to get up to go to third. They said [Davis] didn’t make the effort to go to third, but my argument was that he didn’t because he couldn’t’ move.”

As for Geren’s decisions in the later innings — he made a lot of them — what did you think of these particular calls?

  • Intentionally walking Morneau, already battling a serious stomach virus, with one out
  • Pulling Wuertz after just 1/3 of an inning to have Ziegler start the 9th
  • Taking away the DH (which never came up in the batting order again)
  • Letting Patterson bat in the 9th rather than using Cust off the bench (Patterson was the club’s only shortstop option left had the A’s tied the game, but does it matter at that point?)

On a slightly less serious note, here’s what Mr. Gardenhire had to say about pinch-running for the ill Morneau:

He said he wanted to hit. And then I knew I had to run for him — didn’t want to see a grown man go to the bathroom in his pants on the field.”

And, on that note, have a good night. Looking forward to your responses…