Saturday grab bag

Pregame tidbits from Safeco Field, where the A’s are getting ready to play their final night game of the year: Geren said Matt Carson might not be available today or tomorrow because of a lower back spasm that forced him out of Friday’s lineup before the first pitch. … Daric Barton, who exited in the seventh after a monster night Friday, is back in and feeling better. … When asked if Bobby Cramer could work out of the bullpen tomorrow, Geren said he’s thought about it but hasn’t made a decision. … Several players’ statuses for next season are uncertain. The big one, obviously, is Mark Ellis. I’d think the club would ultimately decide to bring him back — not only because of what he offers this team but also because there’s really no one to step in for him right away. So when I asked Geren about a guy like Eric Sogard, who could potentially be at second base if Ellis departs, and about how close he feels Sogard is to stepping into a big league everyday role, he simply said he’s not sure because he hasn’t been tested in such a role yet. Same for Josh Donaldson, who could be Kurt Suzuki’s backup next year if the club decides to part ways with Landon Powell. Geren likes the strides Donaldson has made in the past year, especially defensively. … The A’s feel good about their chances these next two games, both of which need to be won in order to avoid a fourth straight losing season. 

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