Oakland Athletics Expected to Get Creative with Outfield Situation
Through 34 games, the Oakland Athletics stand at 18-16. Considering the starting pitching has yet to really perform well (save for Bartolo Colon and Tommy Milone), that’s pretty good.
What’s more, the team headed into the season with an abundance of quality outfielders in Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp, and Chris Young. However, Cespedes is the only healthy member of the bunch right now — Reddick is still having issues with the wrist he sprained in Houston on April 7, and both Crisp and Young landed on the DL after the team’s 19-inning win against the Los Angeles Angels last week.
Oakland has tried running Seth Smith out there on a nightly basis, but he’s had his own struggles (perhaps due to playing everyday, which doesn’t seem to be his strong suit). Michael Taylor was called up a few days ago but hasn’t really done much either.
After Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at the hands of the Cleveland Indians and Zach McAllister, the A’s are apparently planning to make some moves. Specifically, they’re expected to place Reddick on the DL and recall first baseman Daric Barton from Triple-A on Wednesday, according to team writer Susan Slusser.
Barton, who has shifted between Oakland and Sacramento quite a lot over the past few years, has been playing very well in recent weeks, hitting .287 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. Should Oakland call him up, he’ll likely take over first base duties where he’s a much better defender than Brandon Moss, who can now spend some time in the outfield while the others get healthy.
Considering how many injuries the A’s have had to deal with already in 2013, that they’re 18-16 is pretty remarkable. If they’re able to finally get healthy and if the pitching comes around, they could get hot in a hurry.
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