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SEATTLE — Chris Carter’s promotion and Don Wakamatsu’s dismissal have created lots of commotion around these parts today. That doesn’t mean all other news stopped, though. Here’s some updates from beautiful Safeco Field, where Carter just went down on a swinging strikeout in his first at-bat:
- Andrew Bailey (rib strain) endured a good side session from flat ground today, Geren said. No word yet, though, on when he’ll begin throwing off a mound.
- It sounds like Daric Barton (shoulder spasms) should be good to go tomorrow.
- Adam Rosales said he’s available tonight if need be. He’s suffered from ankle tendinitis for the past year, but it only recently started bugging him after the All-Star Break. Nothing major, though.
- Conor Jackson (right hamstring) played 3 innings in Arizona on Sunday, and Geren said there were “no issues,” so he’s slated to play 5 today.
- Matt Watson underwent an operation this morning to remove the kidney stones that were causing him severe side and back pain yesterday. Geren wasn’t sure how long his recovery process will be.
This and that:
- Carter is widely known as being a shy personality, but today he surprised all by responding to questions with answers other than “yes” or “no.” You can tell he’s so psyched to be here, and it’s fun watching him go through the big league routine for the first time. Geren wouldn’t go into much detail — if any — regarding his playing time, but I would imagine the A’s would like to give him a long look in the outfield. I don’t think they want that kind of power sitting on the bench.
- Jeff Larish, meanwhile, is also pretty shy, I’ve heard. But, just like Carter, I found him to be rather nice and respectful. Sounds like he was looking for a change of scenery and, while he told me it’s been a crazy couple weeks for him, he said he’s genuinely excited to be here with a young bunch. He went to Arizona State, so he knows fellow Sun Devil Travis Buck pretty well. He’s also friends with Eric Sogard, who was a freshman at ASU when he was a senior.
- One final note, Adrian Cardenas was promoted from Double-A Midland to Sacramento today, and for good reason. He had reached base safely in 46 of his past 50 games and was hitting .347 over that stretch.
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…