The A’s on Sunday morning placed first baseman Ike Davis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, because of a strained left quadriceps and recalled outfielder Craig Gentry from Triple-A Nashville.
Davis had an MRI on Saturday and said it revealed a Grade 2 strain, which is the middle of the severity scale. The injury occurred when he was running the bases on a double May 11, and he’d made just one appearance as a pinch hitter since then.
“He’d tell you he could probably run about 70 percent. It was getting past 70 percent (that was the issue),” manager Bob Melvin said. “And it was several days in a row. The MRI showed a little bit of a defect in there, so best thing to do was put him on the DL and get him 100 percent.”
With Davis sidelined, Melvin said Max Muncy and Mark Canha likely will share time at first base. If Muncy is needed at third base, Melvin said he wouldn’t have any issue starting Canha against a right-handed pitcher. Muncy played first Sunday against White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Gentry was sent down May 6 after batting .086 in 16 games with the A’s. His numbers at Nashville weren’t much better: .171 with no extra-base hits in nine games. He does give Melvin another right-handed option off the bench and in the outfield if Melvin wants to give Coco Crisp a day off.
“He’s been a guy that’s been part of this,” Melvin said. “His numbers weren’t great down there, but he can be a contributor for us.”
The A’s lineup against Samardzija:
The White Sox’s lineup against A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir:
▪ Samardzija, who spent the second half of last season with the A’s, is 2-2 this season with a 4.80 ERA and has allowed 14 earned runs over his last three starts. Melvin said he still expects nothing less than Samardzija’s best .
“You always expect him to, and he expects himself to,” Melvin said. “I know he hasn’t, to this point, had the season that you would think out of him. But the ability’s always there. He throws hard, he’s got a good breaking ball, throws a good split. He’s a tough competitor either way.”
Samardzija went 5-6 with a 3.14 ERA in 16 starts for the A’s last season, and he was in line to start Game 1 of the American League Division Series before the A’s were knocked out in the wild-card game by Kansas City. Melvin had high praise for the way Samardzija fit into the A’s clubhouse.
“Real effervescent personality, likes to have fun,” Melvin said. “He was a great clubhouse presence. He’s going to be that wherever he is.”
▪ The bad news for the A’s: Their 13-25 record was baseball’s worst entering Sunday. The good news: They have most of the season to make it up. But Melvin said he doesn’t want players thinking long term.
“You have to narrow it down to today,” he said. “You look at your record, you start to get ahead of it and see what you have to do to get back to .500, it seems a little daunting. So I think during times like this you really just have to focus on winning a game today.”