Pennington out Tuesday, questionable for Friday


Pennington out Tuesday, questionable for Friday

Tuesday's lineup: Meeting the media in the dugout Tuesday afternoon, A's manager Bob Melvin lighted on his lineup, saying he would be trying Yoenis Cespedes around the order a bit -- notable as Cespedes hit fourth Monday and was demoted to sixth a day after he went 1-for-2 with two walks and solid at bats. Melvin also said he is expecting Josh Donaldson to develop into that "bottom of the order power guy."

Here is the A's lineup for their Tuesday night contest against the Giants at O.Co Coliseum:

1. Weeks -- 2B
2. Crisp -- LF
3. Reddick -- RF
4. Suzuki -- C
5. Smith -- DH
6. Cespedes -- CF
7. Allen -- 1B
8. Donaldson -- 3B
9. Sogard -- SS
Ross -- P

Injury-front: Cliff Pennington is not in the starting lineup after leaving Monday's game with a tight groin. Melvin said before Tuesday's game it "was a bit of a concern yesterday, but his strength is better today."

Will he play tomorrow? "Depends..." Melvin deflected. It's possible that the next time Pennington takes the field, the games will count again.

Eric Sogard, who hit a home run after coming in for Pennington Monday, will get the start at short.

Joey Devine had an MRI Monday for elbow tendinitis in his business arm, and Melvin said the team is still awaiting the results.

He was on the field with his team for warm-ups Tuesday.
Not quite a platoon: The A's have been searching for their everyday third baseman since they lost Scott Sizemore for the season in the first team workout. It looks like they've found him, with a caveat. Josh Donaldson will see the "brunt of the time" at third, Melvin said. But the manager was quick to say that they "would mix Sogi in," referring to developing Swiss army knife Eric Sogard, who will back up multiple position for the A's.

One cut to go: The A's active roster stands at 26. They have to clear one space by Wednesday. I asked Melvin if he had any indication of who might be the odd-man-out and when that news might come. He simply smiled and shook his head.

Kila Ka'aihue, who hit .222 in 15 spring games, seemed to be a likely candidate. That was until Melvin said, "it looks like both will be on the Opening Day roster," talking about Brandon Allen and Ka'aihue.

The A's can't afford to lose another first baseman after Daric Barton was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to March 24. His right shoulder strain will make him unavailable until the A's home series against the Royals on April 9.

Returning to the "O": Asked how his team was preparing for their first scheduled nine innings at O.Co Coliseum, Melvin answered: "No one is going to have a tough time getting up for the home opener." Against the cross-town rivals no less.

A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017


A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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