The A’s were preparing to face Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon today, but after Tuesday night’s game, Detroit placed Simon on the bereavement list. Detroit is starting right-hander Alex Wilson instead -- a switch that manager Bob Melvin learned of directly last night from Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
"It was nice of him to call over and do that," Melvin said today, "because some managers wouldn’t."
The Tigers called up left-hander Kyle Ryan, who had been starting at Triple-A Toledo, but Ryan is listed as a reliever on the lineup card. That means today’s series finale has makings of a bullpen game for Detroit, and the A’s lineup reflects that possibility.
Josh Reddick is batting second, followed by Ben Zobrist, Stephen Vogt and Billy Butler. That’s a left-switch-left-right middle of the order, which Melvin said was done to break up the lefties Reddick and Vogt, since Detroit has three left-handers in the bullpen today.
Marcus Semien was going to get today off against Simon, and remains out of the lineup against the right-hander Wilson. It’s just the second time Semien has not started in the A’s first 49 games.
The full A’s lineup goes:
And the Tigers’ lineup against A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir:
* Melvin had a series of injury updates. Quickly:
Right-hander A.J. Griffin (Tommy John recovery) is scheduled to throw two simulated innings at the Coliseum on Thursday.
Reliever Eric O’Flaherty (left shoulder strain) is scheduled to pitch one inning for Triple-A Nashville tonight against the River Cats in Sacramento, his first rehab appearance.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (sprained left AC joint) will throw a bullpen session before Thursday’s game.
First baseman Ike Davis (strained left quad) will take batting practice on the field before Thursday’s game for the first time since his injury. Davis is not running full-speed yet, Melvin said.
Reliever Edward Mujiac (fractured right thumb) had an X-ray that Melvin said he hadn’t heard anything about -- meaning it probably showed nothing new. Melvin said the major step for Mujica will be getting the stitches out of his thumb, as he also suffered a bad cut when hit by a comebacker on his thumb.
"We felt like the fracture all along wouldn’t be significant enough to hold him back for a while," Melvin said. "Hopefully it’s not much longer than the 15-day period."
Mujica went on the DL on May 22, meaning he would be eligible to return June 6 at the earliest.