State of the Bullpen
Last night’s wacky (and long) series of events included an interesting use of Justin James and Ross Wolf in the later innings, hinting at a very thin bullpen. Geren confirmed that thinking after the game, when he said Michael Wuertz, Henry Rodriguez, Boof Bonser and Vin Mazzaro were all unavailable. Wuertz was battling that sore right thumb again, but Geren — when speaking about the state of the bullpen this afternoon — said he was going to test it out today to determine his availability tonight. Wuertz (who has not allowed a run in nine career outings against the Angels) would lend the A’s a stable righty, and the team also has Rodriguez and Bonser available again. Craig Breslow never came in yesterday, so he’s also in the mix. Nevertheless, this team should be in much better shape in the bullpen — an especially important facet of the A’s game right now considering the way they seem to always duke it out with the Angels.
Dribblers: The A’s enter tonight’s contest trailing the season series 8-9. … Mark Ellis hit the 191st double of his career yesterday, tying Miguel Tejada for 10th place in Oakland history. He’s batting an American League-leading .407 in September. … The A’s have been between two games over .500 and three games under .500 every day since the All-Star Break.