CLEVELAND -- The addition of shortstop Stephen Drew in a trade on Aug. 20 has created a logjam at second base for the A's.
Cliff Pennington and Adam Rosales are splitting the bulk of the playing time at the spot. Before making his last four starts at the position, Pennington, previously the club's regular shortstop, hadn't played second base since 2008. Manager Bob Melvin said he'll continue to base who starts upon that day's matchup.
"They've done a nice job," Melvin said. "Rosales has experience there and does a nice job for us at second, but Pennington has really been a surprise, at least defensively, how quickly he has taken to it. The fact that he does play the middle of the diamond gives him some experience up there. Now it's just the different angles he's looking at and so forth, but he's a good defender and to this point, he's picked it up very quickly."
Pennington, a switch-hitter, will see the brunt of the playing time against right-handed hurlers. Rosales, who hits right-handed, will earn most of his playing time when a southpaw toes the rubber. On Tuesday, Rosales contributed a pair of hits and an RBI off Cleveland right-hander Zach McAllister. He's now batting .324 (11-for-34) in his last 11 games.
"It's more matchups," Melvin said. "Left, right. ... With as many right-handers as we've faced in a row, I want to keep Rosales current with his at-bats."
Crisp returns to lineup after foot injury
CLEVELAND -- When A's skipper Bob Melvin watched Coco Crisp limp around the dugout and clubhouse on Monday night, he figured the outfielder would need a few days off.
Much to Melvin's delight, Crisp needed only one day of rest.
"He's a quick healer," Melvin said. "We have a good training staff that stays on top of those things, we seem to get guys back pretty quickly. The day-to-day type of things, we tend to have them back sooner rather than later and that's a credit to our training staff."
Crisp fouled a ball off his right foot in his second at-bat of Monday's tilt against the Indians. He remained in the game, but the foot swelled up and he had it wrapped Monday night. He sat out on Tuesday, but Melvin inserted him atop his lineup on Wednesday, and plans to play him again for Thursday's matinee at Progressive Field.
"If he's in there today, there's a good chance he'll be in there tomorrow," Melvin said. "If I was that cautious, I probably would have DH'ed him today."
Sharing time at first, Moss and Carter deliver for A's
CLEVELAND -- A .256 average, 26 home runs and 59 RBIs in 324 at-bats.
It hasn't been a clear-cut platoon with Brandon Moss and Chris Carter, but the two have combined for some gaudy numbers in their limited time with the A's this season.
The players shared time at first base for Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the season. Now, manager Bob Melvin has tried to find playing time for both in Oakland.
With the lineup near full health, Carter has earned the bulk of the time at first base. Moss has been relegated to more of a reserve role at that spot and in the outfield. On Tuesday, Moss hit behind Carter in the batting order while filling in for an injured Coco Crisp. Both Moss and Carter homered.
"Recently, Carter has been getting the lion's share of the at-bats, but whenever we can mix Moss in there, we feel great about it," Melvin said. "We lose a guy like Coco for the night and we can put Brandon Moss in there and he ends up hitting a homer and getting another hit. We have some weapons, not only in our lineup, but off the bench."
Southpaw Tommy Milone benefited from the duo's power surge on Tuesday, as he earned his team-high 11th win.
"They've done a tremendous job," Milone said. "For both of them to come in, almost at the same time and just lock down that position has been pretty spectacular for us. No matter where they're hitting in the lineup or where they're playing, it seems like they're doing a great job and they've done that since they've been here."
A.J. Griffin tossed five innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. He allowed a solo home run in five innings.
"They said everything was great and once he actually settled in, he dominated the last three-plus innings," manager Bob Melvin said.
Chris Borgard, the strength and conditioning coach for Class A Stockton, was named 2012 California League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Borgard has worked within the A's Minor League system for three seasons with Stockton and Vancouver.
Melvin said infielder Brandon Inge likely won't return to the A's until at least this weekend. Inge is recovering from a strained right shoulder.