OAKLAND (UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. on Saturday) -- The A's have announced a 3 p.m. start time for today's game against the Minnesota Twins.
The rain has stopped at the Coliseum, the tarp is off the field and the playing surface seems in much better shape than just a couple of hours ago.
Right-hander Jarrod Parker emerged from the clubhouse to begin his warm-up routine at about 2:30.
A heavy rainstorm made for an adventurous Saturday morning at the Coliseum, and the A’s-Twins game has been delayed from its 1:05 p.m. start time.
A steady downpour drenched the outfield and soaked the protective tarp covering the infield, and huge puddles have formed in front of the home dugout. Indoors, the conditions are just as wacky.
Yet another sewage leak has sprung up, this one flooding the bathroom area behind the coaches’ office in the clubhouse. Unlike the problem that happened in the A’s dugout Tuesday night, this one is a direct result of the heavy rainfall, according to A’s vice president of stadium operations David Rinetti.
Players gathered around and gazed in the office in amusement as towels were placed all over the floor in the bathroom area.
There was also significant flooding in the visitors’ dugout.
Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins tweeted the following picture of the visitor's dugout:
Visitor dugout in Oakland. Probably 4" of standing water/potential sewage. pic.twitter.com/kAZGQx0cfr— Glen Perkins (@glen_perkins) September 21, 2013
About 30 minutes before the originally scheduled first pitch, it was still falling as hard and steady as it has before any A’s home game in recent memory.
“It looks like Florida, or like a Texas summer rainstorm,” reliever Sean Doolittle said.
Brett Anderson posted this video of the rain:
Someone pointed out to A’s manager Bob Melvin how hard it was raining.
“You mean in here or out there?” he joked.
The A’s, whose magic number is two to clinch the American League West, haven’t had a rainout at the Coliseum since May 5, 1998 against the Detroit Tigers. They could clinch with a win Saturday and a Texas loss later in the evening.
Should Oakland and Minnesota get delayed significantly, it could make things a little easier to plan a potential division-clinching celebration. As the start times currently stand, the A’s and Twins would likely finish hours before the Rangers and Kansas City Royals.
The A’s, as a team, have yet to plan where, when –- or even if -– they will gather to watch the Texas game. Were they potentially playing at the same time as the Rangers, it would eliminate some unknowns.
First baseman Nate Freiman is still bothered by a muscle strain in his abdomen. He said he first felt the injury about four days ago while swinging the bat. “He’s certainly not an option today,” Melvin said. “These things you’ve got to be careful with.”
Yoenis Cespedes is in the lineup again at DH, but Melvin said Cespedes wouldn’t test his sore right shoulder by throwing until sometime during the upcoming six-game road trip that starts Monday.