August 2010

Update: Carter to be joined by Jeff Larish

Greetings from Seattle:

From what I’m hearing, we may be seeing not just one, but two, new faces in green and gold come tomorrow. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle recently reported via Twitter that Chris Carter is for sure on his way to Seattle on Monday and that Jeff Larish may be on Carter’s flight. I was just informed by a source that Larish was indeed told he’s joining the big league club tomorrow, so that makes two confirmed call-ups.

Larish was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on Tuesday and essentially tore up the PCL during his week-long stint with Sacramento, where he was hitting .417 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 24 at-bats. He plays first base, and that’s where I’m assuming he’ll be in Barton’s stead. The extent of Barton’s injury is unknown, and normally he’s one to shake things off and continue playing, but spasms anywhere are always weird and unpredictable.

The 27-year-old Larish  — originally selected by the Tigers in the fifth round
of the 2005 Draft — was named Detroit’s Minor League
Player of the Year in ’07 after leading the Eastern League with 28 home
runs and 101 RBIs, and he was rated as possessing the best power in the
International League by Baseball America in ’08. He made his big league
debut that season, batting .260 with two homers in 42 games.

Should be an interesting day tomorrow…

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 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.