OAKLAND -- Late bloomer Tommy Everidge has been a lineup regular since being promoted from Triple-A Sacramento on June 9.

The 26-year-old infielder will be the first to say he loves being at first base virtually every day, but his manager will be the first to note that everyone -- including wide-eyed rookies -- needs a break at some point.

Enter Daric Barton.

The A's on Friday reinstated the familiar face from the disabled list and placed Bobby Crosby on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf retroactive to Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Barton, in his second stint with the A's this year, hit .227 during a seven-game rehab assignment with the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League and Class A Stockton.

"When Daric came up last time, he was swinging the bat well," manager Bob Geren said before the A's took on the Tigers on Friday. "We'll see what he can do, and we'll give him some playing time at first."

Geren wasted no time in doing so Friday, giving Everidge a day off and Barton his 10th start of the season at first base.

"Crosby going on the DL created an opening, and Daric felt he was ready," Geren said. "He played all nine innings in his last three rehab starts."

Crosby, entering his seventh career stint on the DL, was batting .223 with six home runs and 27 RBIs in 87 games before injuring his calf Monday night against New York.

Geren appeared confident when asked of his veteran infielder's ability to come off the DL when eligible.

"I would say yes," the skipper said, "but that's one injury that's difficult to predict."

Pitching matchup
OAK: RHP Trevor Cahill (6-12, 4.97 ERA)
Cahill handled the White Sox through five innings on Sunday, holding them to just two hits. He allowed two runs in the sixth, though, then let the first two hitters reach base in the seventh before he was chased. "I started off good with some quick innings," Cahill said, "but I got into a little trouble when I was going through the lineup for the second and third time." The Tigers tagged Cahill for seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings -- a career low for the righty -- on May 17.

DET: RHP Armando Galarraga (6-10, 5.16 ERA)
The Tigers hope Galarraga can get back on a routine and back up to full strength after a throat infection left him unable to eat solid food for a few days and sapped his energy last week. Still, the Tigers wouldn't mind seeing the same deception Galarraga used in his return to strike out six batters over five innings while allowing just four hits. For someone who still looked worn down and struggled mightily with his pace in his opening inning, Galarraga had better velocity on his fastball than he had in some of his healthy starts. He's 2-1 with a 6.97 ERA in six career outings against Oakland, four of them starts.

Dribblers ...
The A's have scored three runs or less over the past six games. ... Pitcher Dallas Braden, who has been battling a left foot infection since July 31, said he "100 percent feels great -- it's just a matter of the action of throwing that causes the nerve to fire. It's uncontrollable, and it's in almost every throw I make." ... The A's on Wednesday handed out Jason Giambi bobbleheads to the first 10,000 fans and deemed the giveaway a "collector's item." Fan favorite Giambi was released by the organization on Aug. 7. ... Geren, who spent his last off-day undergoing an emergency root canal, had a much more pleasant day away from the field on Thursday. The skipper threw batting practice to his sons, cleaned his house and enjoyed spending time at Danville's Hot Summer Nights Car Show.

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• Sunday: Athletics (Brett Tomko, 2-2, 4.21) vs. Tigers (Rick Porcello, 10-7, 4.21), 1:05 p.m. PT
• Monday: Athletics (Vin Mazzaro, 4-8, 5.31) at Mariners (Ian Snell, 3-9, 5.60), 7:10 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Athletics (Brett Anderson, 7-9, 4.51) at Mariners (Ryan Rowland-Smith, 2-1, 4.24), 7:10 p.m. PT