SEATTLE – Alberto Callaspo is one of the most versatile players for Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin, and his hot hitting is forcing Melvin to keep in the lineup in some form.
Callaspo draws a start at third base Sunday against the Mariners, with Josh Donaldson serving as the designated hitter. The switch hitter has started the past six games, the previous five at DH. Third base is a comfortable spot for Callaspo because it’s the primary position he played for the Los Angeles Angels before coming to the A’s last July in a trade.
“It’s easy to give J.D. a DH day when you know you can put Callo over there and that’s his natural position,” Melvin said. “It’s tough to get him out of the lineup because he is swinging the bat so well, not that I want to. And we’ve got some lefties coming up too. It’s nice to give him some consistent at-bats and ride a hot hand.”
Callaspo has four multiple-hit games in the seven that he’s played in. He enters Sunday 8 for 20 on the current road trip with three doubles, two RBI and two runs. He’s ready for whatever spot he might find himself on a given day, even first base, a position he’d never played professionally until this season.
“I’m just going to keep doing my job,” Callaspo said. “I’m trying to help the team however they need me.”
In other news, Jed Lowrie gets his first day after playing all 11 of Oakland’s previous games, including both ends of the doubleheader. Nick Punto is spelling him at shortstop.
Melvin hasn’t decided yet whether to alter his rotation at all to account for Thursday’s day off, which comes after a three-game series in Anaheim against the Angels.