5/19/2013 5:41 P.M. ET
A's prepare to face reliever-turned-starter
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
OAKLAND -- The A's will face a first-time starter Monday when they visit the Texas Rangers.
Josh Lindblom, who has appeared in 101 Major League games as a relief pitcher, was scheduled to be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock (4-0, 2.08 in seven starts) to make the start in place of Alexi Ogando.
Ogando, also a reliever-turned-starter, was placed on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. His last start came in Oakland on Wednesday, a 6-2 Rangers win.
Lindblom has pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies and has faced just five of the current A's hitters.
Yoenis Cespedes, John Jaso, Jed Lowrie, Sean Smith and Chris Young are a combined 4-for-10 against him.
Neither Lowrie nor Jaso remembers facing him.
"There's really no crossover for any guy," Lowrie said. "Some guys are just more successful as starters."
Lindblom was a closer for Purdue when he was drafted in 2008 by the Dodgers, who then turned him into a starter in the Minors. He was sent back to the bullpen in 2011, his first year in the Majors.
"Personally I just stick to a routine," Jaso said. "I don't like hearing what a guy tries to do in certain situations. I just want to know what pitches he throws. I don't want to be surprised."
Facing Ogando as a starter, Jaso acknowledged, differed from seeing him as a reliever.
How Lindblom works differently has yet to be seen.
"Guys typically will pitch different," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Out of the bullpen, there's no time to establish all four of your pitches. We just don't know until we see him pitch."
Norris on injuries: Someone will always step up
OAKLAND -- Athletics catcher Derek Norris does not express concern when players like Brett Anderson and Josh Reddick go missing from the lineup because of injuries.
He figures the A's will do just fine in the long run because of the depth in the organization.
"Baseball is built around adapting to change," Norris said. "Someone is going to step up. This team is relentless and gritty, and someone will always step up for us."
The A's have already used the disabled list nine times this year, after needing it 21 times all of last year. Oakland manager Bob Melvin refuses to use injuries as an excuse for anything.
"It's always nice to have a full complement of players," he said. "There are several teams who have to make do with a few less. When you have key players end up on the DL it affects you, sure, but we feel we have a deep organization."
Dan Straily remains in the rotation with the loss of Anderson, while Chris Young moved back into the starting lineup following his own stint on the DL.
Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp have also missed time this year as the A's were at .500 going into Sunday's series finale with the Kansas City Royals.
"The organization has done a great job filling the River Cats' roster with good players," said Norris, a former River Cat. "Sometimes you need help from Triple-A. I think we'll be all right."
• Reddick (wrist) hit off a batting tee Saturday and took Sunday off. After taking some more swings, he will most likely be sent to Sacramento for a rehab assignment. He is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, though it is doubtful he will even start a rehab assignment before then.
• Jaso is available for pinch-hitting duties for only a day or two longer. He was hit by a pitch on his right shin bone, and it continues to cause him some trouble when he squats to catch.
"It's not worse; it's not great," Melvin said.
• Crisp was still feeling his way back into the swing of things since returning from a stint on the DL with a left strained hamstring. Melvin said there was an urgency to get him back in the lineup because he "makes everybody feel better."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.