Coming soon to a big league park near you … Chris Carter?

Looks like I missed out on an eventful day at the Coliseum, where the injury bug seemingly came out in full force and touched upon the likes of Matt Watson (severe side/back pain), Daric Barton (left shoulder spasms) and Adam Rosales, who was apparently unavailable because of an injured ankle. Barton told MLB.com associate reporter Alex Espinoza he was fine after the game, but Watson’s injury required a trip to the hospital, so I highly doubt he made the charter to Seattle. Meanwhile, in Sacramento, Chris Carter was lifted after just one at-bat today, and while nothing has been confirmed, I would suspect — all signs point toward it — the A’s top prospect may finally be getting the call to join the big boys on the impending road trip to Seattle and Minnesota. When hearing of Watson’s injury, I figured Travis Buck would be the likely choice to take his roster spot if need be. But given the recent developments surrounding Oakland’s only two true first-base options (Barton, Rosales), it makes sense the A’s are looking for someone who can nicely fill both slots. Carter has spent most of the year at first base, and he was just recently moved to left field in an effort to see what he can do out there, so he’s obviously an option for either position.

Carter’s currently batting .262 at Sacramento after struggling for much of the first half, so while his average may still not exactly be where the Oakland brass would like, the improvements he’s made since the beginning of the season (he hit a combined .220 in May and June) are noticeable and his power numbers are undeniable: 27 home runs, 88 RBIs. He’s also got three homers and 12 RBIs over his last five games. The thing is, A’s management has always said that once Carter (and Taylor) are up, they’re up for good, or at least that’s the goal. So is this Carter’s time? Or, even if it’s not, do you let him at least get the chance to find out? We’re likely not going to find out for sure until tomorrow, so stay tuned.

…Thoughts?

2 Comments

Chris Carter is the best thing since sliced bread and I am extremely happy and extremely excited that he is getting called up!!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this for such a long time and it’s finally happened!!!!!!!!! I Love Chris Carter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First time reading this blog. So bear with me…lol
I hear you when it comes to 1B. It would’ve been interesting to hear who put in a claim on Adam Dunn–we never found out WHO, mind you–only because we Nats fans face a problem at the position.
Chris Marrero, who we all THOUGHT was the annointed heir apparent to Nick Johnson at 1B, is sitting in Harrisburg (AA) for the last 2 years. I’m STILL waiting for him to move up…
Still, it’s nice to see guys in the minors get their shot at the bigs. Personally, I saw Ian Desmond and Roger Bernadina play @ Harrisburg back in April of ’08…and look at them now. But I can honestly say I saw Stephen Strasburg make his pro debut (for Harrisburg) in Altoona this April…and then see him in a Nats uniform last month against the Mets. (I even have pictures of the Altoona game, if you wanted to find MY MLBlog…lol)
Anyway, like I said, you had to bear with me…LMAO
Gary
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