With the recent acquisitions of Brad Lincoln, Steve Delabar and Brandon Lyon, as well as recent callup Aaron Loup, Farrell is quite happy with the look of his bullpen. Farrell is specifically pleased with the flexibility he's gained. While the Jays had only a few relievers earlier in the season that he could trust in late-game situations, his options have recently multiplied. "I think it's evened out quite a bit, in their capabilities and their experience level and their success at the Major League level," Farrell said before Thursday's series opener against the A's. "So that lends a lot into maybe more of a known commodity of what you're getting in certain situations." After he was examined by a doctor earlier this week, first baseman/designated hitter Adam Lind received the news on Thursday that nothing is structurally wrong with his back. Lind, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with mid-back tightness, was cleared to resume rehab activities. A's: Rosales returns
Adding another player to the infield mix on Thursday, the A's recalled Adam Rosales and optioned Brandon Hicks to Sacramento. Hicks hit just .183 for the team, but belted three home runs and compiled seven RBIs, playing mostly against left-handers. "When I talked to him earlier today," manager Bob Melvin said, "I said, 'Everybody felt the effects when you were here. Your numbers are in no way indicative of what you've meant to this team.' He probably single-handedly won two games for us, and every hit that he had had a big impact. He was sub-.200, but every hit was big for us, he was a good fit here, and I'd be surprised if we don't see him again at some point this year." The callup marked Rosales' third stint with the A's this year, having compiled a .167 average with three RBIs in his previous 13 games with the club. He went 0-for-3 in Thursday's game at shortstop. Worth noting
Casey Janssen is 13-for-13 in save situations since assuming the closer's role on May 9. Of those 13 saves, he's allowed just six base runners over 132/3 innings. The A's pitching staff has issued the fewest walks in the Majors (40) and has the second most strikeouts in the American League (156).