OAKLAND – Second baseman Alberto Callaspo is getting closer to coming off the disabled list, with A’s manager Bob Melvin suggesting he might be activated as early as Sunday.
Recovering from a strained right hamstring, Callaspo took batting practice and fielded grounders before Wednesday’s game against the Houston Astros, as did first baseman Kyle Blanks, who is covering from a torn calf muscle.
“He’ll probably do a couple more days of this and maybe we’ll send him out somewhere” on a rehab assignment, Melvin said of Callaspo. “There’s a chance he’ll be ready by Sunday.”
Callaspo is hitting .234 with three home runs and 31 RBI. Not eye-popping numbers, but Melvin would like to have Callaspo at his disposal as a regular option at second base, or as a switch-hitting option off the bench.
When he does return, the A’s have a decision to make as far as who to send out to clear a roster spot. Eric Sogard’s defensive ability alone makes him an asset, but can the A’s afford to keep him, Callaspo and Nick Punto on the roster at the same time? It’s possible that with Callaspo available as a right-handed hitting first base option, Nate Freiman could be the odd man out.
That decision will eventually play itself out. Eventually, the A’s hope to get Blanks back too. Melvin said he’s a little bit behind Callaspo in his recovery, but when Blanks is able to run full speed with no discomfort, he figures to go out on a minor league rehab assignment.