The Athletics' 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday in Anaheim will be their last game without their newly acquired reinforcements.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said veteran catcher Yan Gomes and utility player Josh Harrison, who were acquired from the Washington Nationals prior to the MLB trade deadline, would play in Sunday’s game against the Angels.
“Those guys will get their first crack,” Melvin said following Saturday’s loss.
The two veterans were available to play Saturday, but arrived too late to be a part of the starting lineup and were not used off the bench. Fans did get a glimpse of the two in the A's dugout.
Outfielder Starling Marte, who also will be in the lineup Sunday, was acquired earlier in the week before the flurry of trades took place just minutes before the 1 p.m. PT deadline on Friday.
“We expect with the additions to have a little better offense than we’ve had here recently,” Melvin added.
While the A's had more hits than the Angels (6 to 5) on Saturday, the lack of production with runners on indicates why the A’s concentrated on the offense rather than adding more arms to beef up the bullpen.
This season, Harrison is hitting .294/.366/.434 with 23 doubles and six homers in 359 plate appearances.
The A’s were seeking a bat to tackle left-handed pitcher this season, and Gomes more than takes care of that, hitting .365 against southpaws this year.
First baseman Matt Olson particularly looks forward to having the support at the plate.
“Obviously we added some good bats,” Olson said after Saturday’s game. “Those three guys are all hitting well and have been doing it for a while and been consistent so it’s something that we could get better at is the consistency or adding guys who have been around and have gone in and are doing it this year. It’s going to do nothing but help us.”
The A's are hoping the new bats in the lineup will give them a spark in Sunday's series finale in Anaheim in support of Daulton Jefferies, who will be starting in place of James Kaprielian after the young righty was placed on the 10-day Injured List on Saturday with a shoulder injury.