Weeks sits out finale with groin tightness
Sogard gets start at second; Crisp slides into leadoff spot
BOSTON -- After snapping his three-game hitless streak with two hits in the A's 5-3 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday, Jemile Weeks was forced to sit out Wednesday's series finale because of groin tightness.
Weeks suffered the injury while stealing third base in the fifth inning Tuesday, and "felt it a little over the course of the game," said manager Bob Melvin.
"You could see when he was running to first the last time out, he was protecting it a bit," Melvin said. "He can play, but with the day off tomorrow, we're probably better served to give him these two days."
Melvin deemed Weeks available if necessary Wednesday, but either way, he was confident his second baseman will be back in the lineup for Friday's opener vs. the Rays.
"It's a physical decision," Melvin said. "I don't want to mess around with that, for a guy that uses his legs in the fashion he does."
Eric Sogard received the start at second base, with Coco Crisp batting in Weeks' regular leadoff spot for just the second time this season.
Crisp likely to DL; Taylor expected to join club
BOSTON -- Coco Crisp's return from his latest bout of illness lasted just seven innings Wednesday, and it appears the A's outfielder is bound for the disabled list. Prospect Michael Taylor is expected to join the team in St. Petersburg for Friday's series opener, MLB.com has learned.
Crisp, who will be reevaluated Thursday, missed seven games in April because of a virus and on Tuesday he was out of the lineup again as a result of a sinus infection. After an 0-for-4 on Wednesday, the outfielder was replaced by Jonny Gomes in left field in the eighth inning after experiencing further head congestion.
"He had to come out of the game, obviously, which we didn't envision at the start of the game," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "We'll take the off-day and see where we go from here. We're probably less encouraged at this point with where we're going with him than earlier [Wednesday].
"It's just been a struggle for him. For him to take himself out of the game means he was struggling."
Just last week, when the team was in Baltimore with an ailing Crisp, Taylor was flown east in case he was needed. He was with the team for one day before flying back to Sacramento, with Crisp seemingly deemed healthy.
This time, Taylor's stay is likely to be extended. The 26-year-old outfielder, whom a source confirmed will fly to St. Petersburg on Thursday morning, is hitting .347 with a .938 OPS and two home runs with 18 RBIs in 23 games for the River Cats.
Suzuki to have X-rays on left hand
BOSTON -- Kurt Suzuki is scheduled to undergo an X-ray on his left hand Thursday, after being drilled by a Daniel Bard fastball in the sixth inning of the Athletics' 4-2 win over the Red Sox.
After getting plunked, Suzuki stayed on the ground for an extended period while being checked out by the team's trainers before taking his base and staying in the game. Not even a ball off his thumb on the same hand while catching in the next inning could keep him out.
"I finished the game and I just think everything is OK," said Suzuki, whose swollen hand was wrapped in a bandage following the contest.
"I was considering taking him out, but he wouldn't let me do it," manager Bob Melvin said. "He wasn't coming out of that game. He's a tough kid."
Suzuki reiterated multiple times he won't know the extent of the injury until Thursday, and Melvin was unsure of his status for Friday's series opener vs. the Rays.
Melvin: Everybody has green light to steal
BOSTON -- Several firsts were made on Tuesday night, including Jarrod Parker's first win and Jordan Norberto's first save. Lost in the hoopla was Kila Ka'aihue's first career stolen base.
"That surprised me," a smiling Bob Melvin said Wednesday. "I was watching him and thought, 'Man, he looks a little different right now, like he's got something on his mind,' and as soon as I was thinking that, there he goes."
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Ka'aihue was one of four A's players to steal third base in the game, with one coming in to score. According to Elias, the only other team to have a quartet accomplish that feat was the Expos in 1988.
Melvin said it was simply a matter of opportunity and noted that all of his players have the green light, a method that's been in place since Spring Training. The results are there, as the A's entered Wednesday with a Major League-leading 25 stolen bases.
"To this point, we've been pretty good about not overdoing it," Melvin said. "Obviously [Ka'aihue] was feeling it. Everybody has the green light, but the red light can go on very quickly. It's not like we expect everyone to run, but it's about working backward instead of forward. I think it lends a little more of being aware of what's going on, knowing you have the opportunity to do it."
Infielder Luke Hughes, designated for assignment Monday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Inge, cleared waivers Wednesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento.
Lefty Brett Anderson, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to throw batting practice using all of his pitches in Arizona on Thursday, marking the first time he'll pitch without a protective screen.
Taking part in the Red Sox's "Throwback Day," the A's on Wednesday sported replicas of uniforms used in 1936, the year Sox owner Tom Yawkey brought slugger Jimmie Foxx, previously a star for the Philadelphia Athletics, to Boston.