After 5 positions Green focusing on one specifically


After 5 positions Green focusing on one specifically

SACRAMENTO -- Where is Grant Green? Why isn't he in Oakland? The A's should call up Grant Green to play insert position here.It seems around 90 percent of the questions asked during our chats, or on Twitter are centered around Green. Every time a player falls into a slump, or makes an error, the solution on the internet is simple: Call up Grant Green.Why not Green? Well, first off, he is a career shortstop that doesn't have a position yet. Last year he was moved to the outfield to remedy that problem. This year he has started 75 games in the outfield, 19 at second base, 17 at shortstop, and nine at third base.So what exactly is the plan for Green?"Right now position-wise to get as comfortable at second as possible," Green said. "Get used to that turn, and get used to the read off the bat. And when I do make a read, to go 100 percent at it."Even though Green has seen playing time at five different positions, he's remained consistent at the plate. Green leads the River Cats with 16 multi-RBI games and is batting .294 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs. He is hitting .291 against lefties and .296 against righties -- consistent."He's doing a great job," River Cats manager Darren Bush said. "We're throwing a ton at him and he is handling it all."It's just that pesky defense thing that is the problem. Since Green was a shortstop pretty much his entire life, he is generally more comfortable on the left side of the field. Therefore, second base is a big adjustment. So how do they remedy that?"Just throw him over there," Bush said with a laugh. "He had to learn to protect himself around the bag and move around the bag."Bush says the transition has been made easier because it hasn't just been the coaching staff working with him. Green's teammates have been very vocal in helping him learn as well -- specifically Brandon Hicks, Adam Rosales, and Wes Timmons, all players who have experience playing on both sides of the infield. The instruction has been working."He looks comfortable all over the field," Bush says. "He's looking more and more confident at second base."The versatility is important because it might be the main reason he does finally get called up. With rosters expanding on September 1 he is a solid candidate to join the A's soon."It opens up a lot of doors," Green said. "A lot of options that may be able to help me down the line."Green is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. The organization believes he is ready offensively. He is working hard to make sure they trust that he can handle all of the other facets of the game."They believe that my bat is a good weapon," Green said. "Just trying to get everything else better. Whether it's the base running, or the defense. Just get those things fine tuned and hopefully we'll go from there."Focusing on second base might be a little more complicated with Jemile Weeks joining the River Cats. How the organization plans on splitting time with Weeks and Green at second remains to be seen.

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler is staying with the A's.

The 30-year-old has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Oakland, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

The A's purchased Detwiler's contract from the Indians on July 17 and he went on to make nine appearances for the club, including seven starts.

In his time with the A's, Detwiler posted a 6.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Trevor Plouffe and Ryon Healy have some history to fall back on before they even start playing together as A’s teammates.

No doubt, their futures are intertwined as well.

Plouffe officially joined Oakland on Wednesday when the team announced his one-year deal that’s worth $5.25 million, plus incentives based on various numbers of plate appearances. General manager David Forst said on a media conference call that he envisions Plouffe as the primary third baseman. That means Healy — coming off an impressive rookie campaign at third — will see the majority of his innings at first base and designated hitter.

Plouffe and Healy grew up in Southern California and both went to Crespi Carmelite High School, though Plouffe, 30, is five years older. But it wasn’t until this winter that they’ve gotten to know each other better, as the rainfall in Southern California drew them both to the same indoor training facility.

They played for the same high school coach, Scott Muckey, which is how Plouffe first heard of Healy.

“I remember hearing about him when he was in high school,” Plouffe said Wednesday. (Muckey) told me about Healy and the kind of player he was. He didn’t give players a lot of credit, so when he did, I took notice.”

Healy works out in the offseason at the Hit Factory in Newberry Park. Earlier this winter, Plouffe popped in with Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

“It’s kind of coming full circle,” Healy said. “We never thought, being (five) years apart, that we would be teammates. We haven’t had (much of a) prior relationship, but he’s always reached out to me when appropriate. I’ve heard nothing but nice things about the guy. We worked out , chatted and exchanged numbers, and we’re starting that relationship early.”

Plouffe was limited to 84 games last year with Minnesota due to rib and oblique injuries, hitting .260 with 12 homers and 47 RBI. Before that, he averaged 18 homers and 68 RBI from 2012-15, twice topping the 20-HR mark. The Twins non-tendered Plouffe in December rather than pay him the roughly $8 million he was likely to receive in arbitration. That made Plouffe a free agent.

He and Healy make compelling workout partners, as Plouffe’s arrival in green and gold is likely to push Healy over to first, where he played in college and early in his minor league career. But it’s not a combative situation, and the offseason workouts help to build chemistry.

“I was kind of taking my reps at third and first, continuing doing that routine to be prepared for that possiblity,” Healy said. “It doesn’t seem like anything is set in stone. I still have to prove to them I’m ready to play major league baseball come spring time.”

The right-handed hitting Healy will form a platoon at first with Yonder Alonso, Forst said, and see time in a DH rotation that figures to also include Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt, Matt Joyce and possibly others. But Forst noted that Healy also needs to stay sharp at third base.

“It’s easy to envision a scenario where (Plouffe) gets the bulk of time at third base and we still have 500 plate appearances for other guys like Ryon. We have every intention of getting at-bats for Ryon. Trevor is not gonna be out there 162 times, we know that. Ryon is going to have to continue to be ready at third base.”

Forst said the A’s are still scanning the free agent and trade market for potential additions, both on the position-player and pitching side.

Oakland reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with reliever Santiago Casilla that has yet to be finalized.