Giants & A’s

Matt Kawahara, Bay Area baseball beat writer

Reddick returns to A’s starting lineup against Astros

07/23/2014 6:14 PM

07/23/2014 7:56 PM

OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick, reinstated from the disabled list yesterday, makes his first start for the A’s since June 28 tonight against Houston Astros right-hander Brad Peacock. Reddick entered Tuesday night’s extra-innings game as a late replacement and was hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout.

With Reddick in right field, manager Bob Melvin has Stephen Vogt at DH and Brandon Moss at first base. Vogt is hampered somewhat right now by what Melvin termed a bone bruise in his foot -- something Vogt has been playing with "for a little while."

For that reason, Melvin said he’s trying to stay away from using Vogt at catcher. But it’s difficult to take Vogt’s bat out of the lineup, as he’s hitting .361 and would be in anyway against a right-hander like Peacock. Vogt has also played some first base, but he gets the night off defensively tonight with the foot in mind.

Here’s the full A’s lineup against Peacock:

CF Crisp

C Jaso

LF Cespedes

1B Moss

3B Donaldson

DH Vogt

SS Lowrie

RF Reddick

2B Sogard

And the Astros’ lineup against A’s right-hander Jesse Chavez:

2B Altuve

C Castro

DH Carter

LF Krauss

1B Singleton

3B Dominguez

RF Grossman

CF Hernandez

SS Gonzalez

* The A’s might get another of their injured players back in a matter of days. Alberto Callaspo (right hamstring strain) is nearing a rehab assignment and could be ready to rejoin the A’s when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, Melvin asid.

With Callaspo out, Eric Sogard gets just his fourth start of the month. When Callaspo is ready to return, there’s the question of who will be sent out as a corresponding move. Sogard has been with the A’s all season, but has seen his playing time diminish lately, though he did have two hits in his last start Sunday against the Orioles.

"I think that was a key game for him," Melvin said of Sogard, who is batting just .194. "We’d like to see him back it up and have another good game today."

* Drew Pomeranz had a strong rehab start for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats last night in El Paso. The left-hander, recovering from a broken right hand, allowed one run on seven hits in six innings, striking out five.

How Pomeranz might rejoin the A’s, though, is difficult to see. Since his injury, they’ve added two starters via trade and had left-hander Eric O’Flaherty return in the bullpen, so as Melvin said today, "Right now we’re pretty full up."

Melvin said Pomeranz is "basically in a holding pattern" right now, similar to left-hander Tommy Milone, who reportedly recently requested a trade from the A’s in order to return to the majors.

* The A’s are holding their 15th annual Root Beer Float day today, which benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Along with Melvin and 12 other current players and coaches, servers at the event include past players Jose Canseco and David Justice, as well as hip-hop artist Biz Markie.

It’s a meaningful event for Melvin, whose daughter has Type 1 Diabetes and who said: "The support everybody’s given for it is terrific. Then when you see guys like Jose Canseco and David Justice, that means a lot."

About This Blog

Matt Kawahara has covered baseball for The Sacramento Bee for three years. Kawahara, a McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley graduate, joined The Bee in 2010. Before joining Sports, he was a general assignment news reporter. Reach Kawahara at mkawahara@sacbee.com. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.

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