OAKLAND -- Left-hander Brad Mills will join the A’s on Thursday and work out after being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers.
That does not mean he’s automatically the choice to start in Drew Pomeranz’s place Saturday against Boston, manager Bob Melvin said. The A’s have yet to add Mills to their roster or decide who slides into the rotation with Pomeranz on the disabled list because of a fractured right hand.
But Melvin mentioned Mills on Wednesday as a strong candidate for Saturday’s start. Triple-A starters Dan Straily, Arnold Leon and Josh Lindblom are also candidates, although of that trio, Straily’s numbers are the most impressive.
Melvin reiterated that the A’s baseball operations department has liked Mills for a while. Melvin himself saw Mills pitch back in 2010.
“They like his ability to get right-handers out, he’s deceptive with his delivery and has a good curve ball,” Melvin said. “He doesn’t throw particularly hard but has a good mix.”
Melvin added that centerfielder Coco Crisp, who is out of the lineup, is a bit banged up after crashing into the wall Tuesday night. He’s battled lingering neck problems in recent weeks.
“He’s a little beat up again, and he was progressing quite a bit with his neck,” Melvin said. “I’m not sure that helped yesterday, and then he made a diving play too. I was considering giving him the day off today anyway, but after that, it was definitely the right thing to do.”
For as much that gets written about the significant injury time Crisp has logged, his fearless play in the outfield does not get as much attention. He’s taken several hard collisions into the wall this season, and it’s tough to tell a player who’s used to playing that way to dial it down.
One reason the A’s went out and acquired Craig Gentry in the offseason was so they could have the luxury to rest Crisp, 34, when need be.
“As he gets up in age some, he continues to play at the same pace,” Melvin said. “As I’ve said this year, he’s gonna get his share of days off and we need to give him days off because of his style of play.”