09/09/12 5:00 PM ET
Anderson's early results exceed expectations
By Taylor Soper / Special to MLB.com
Drew getting comfortable with Athletics
SEATTLE -- It's not easy coming from a team you've been with for six years and fitting in with a new group of guys late in the season, but Oakland's new shortstop, Stephen Drew, is jelling quite nicely.After spending his whole career with Arizona, Drew arrived in Oakland via trade on Aug. 20. Once Jemile Weeks was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento one day later, Drew was thrown right into the fire as the A's starting shortstop. He struggled in August, hitting just .205, but recently the Georgia native has found a groove. Drew, the younger brother of former big leaguer J.D. Drew, is batting .333 this month and has started 16 of the A's 17 games since his arrival. Last month, the 29-year-old was hitting the ball hard and still drawing walks, but just ran into some tough luck. That's been changing recently. "A month before, I just didn't have anything to show for it," Drew said prior to Sunday's tilt against Seattle. "I was hitting the ball well, but that's just the way baseball is. That's why you play six months to see what happens. I feel good at the plate and everything is feeling good right now." Manager Bob Melvin has been impressed with Drew and understands that it takes time for a player to get comfortable in a new environment. "He's feeling more and more like a part of this team," Melvin said. "Especially for someone who's been with one organization his entire career at Arizona, it's a little bit of a transition. But he's been really consistent for us, especially as of late."
There were no new updates on the recovery of McCarthy, just four days after the starter was hit in the head by a batted ball Wednesday night. Oakland trainer Nick Paparesta said on Saturday that McCarthy was improving, but added that he was not completely out of the "critical" stage of recovery. Backup catcher George Kottaras has 13 RBIs and four home runs in his past five games. He started both Friday and Saturday, but Melvin put Derek Norris back behind the plate on Sunday with Mariners lefty Jason Vargas on the mound. The A's extended their road winning streak to eight games with Saturday's 6-1 win over Seattle, which ties the club's sixth longest winning streak in history.
Taylor Soper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.