10/02/12 10:00 PM ET
Playoff-bound A's still have goals to meet
By Jay Lee / MLB.com
Neshek to miss final two games for birth of child
OAKLAND -- The A's will be without reliever Pat Neshek for the rest of the regular season, with Neshek leaving the team to be with his wife as they expect their first child."Hopefully they're inducing today and tomorrow and everything goes well with him," manager Bob Melvin said before Tuesday's game against the Rangers. "We wish him the best. It's his first child, and we're excited for him." Neshek has proven to be a valuable commodity in the Oakland bullpen since he was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 3, immediately joining the A's after having spent the entire season with Baltimore's Triple-A squad in Norfolk, Va. Neshek is 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA for the A's, and he has allowed two runs in his last 3 1/3 innings, which broke his 14-game, 12-inning scoreless streak. The 32-year-old Neshek will be available for postseason play if the A's choose to name him to their playoff roster.
Gomes honored with 'Catfish' Hunter Award
OAKLAND -- Even before the end of season, A's outfielder Jonny Gomes will have to clear up some more shelf space for clubhouse awards.Gomes received the 2012 Jim "Catfish" Hunter Award on Tuesday, an honor for the Oakland player whose play on the field and conduct in the clubhouse best exemplifies the similar courage, competitiveness and inspirational spirit as the late Hall of Fame pitcher. After signing with the A's as a free agent in the offseason, the Petaluma, Calif., native has provided a season-long spark for an A's club that he followed closely while growing up. Gomes was named the winner of the Dave Stewart Community Service Award on Friday for his charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the country. "He's been terrific," manager Bob Melvin said of the 31-year-old veteran. "He's such a great resource, not only for the players, but for myself and the coaching staff. These awards don't surprise anybody here. He is the guy for this, the obvious choice for a lot of these awards, and we're proud he is that guy."
Brett Anderson, who had a bullpen session on Monday, played catch before Tuesday's game, and Melvin said the southpaw remains an option to pitch a potential Wild Card game on Friday."We'll see how he's doing, but my discussion with him earlier, he felt good," Melvin said before Anderson's throwing session. Oakland's 4-0 start to their season-ending homestand improved their record at the Coliseum to 48-31 (.601), and another win would give them the most victories at home since the 2006 A's went 49-32.
Jay Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.