The A's wish they could quit Adam Rosales.
Unless, of course, they can't. And that seems to be precisely the case when it comes to Oakland and the high-energy, clubhouse-favorite utility infielder. The A's claiming Rosales off waivers from Texas, which picked him up last Friday after Oakland designated him for assignment, suggests they simply cannot live without him.
After all, when he was DFA'd to make room for Alberto Callaspo, A's manager Bob Melvin said Rosales might have been the best defensive shortstop in the organization. But with Callaspo injuring his left forearm in a homeplate collision Wednesday at Cincinnati, you have to wonder if Callaspo's "contusion" is worse than initially feared.
The A's are off Thursday and begin a four-game series in Toronto on Friday. There is no official update on Callaspo's condition.
The switch-hitting Callaspo, a full-time third baseman the past three years, was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in a trade for rookie Grant Green to platoon at second base with Eric Sogard. And after getting off to an 0-for-11 start at the plate with the A's, Callaspo had a pair of doubles Wednesday against the Reds before the seemingly nondescript collision with Corky Miller.
And when Rosales, who had been DFA'd earlier in the summer but went through waivers unclaimed to the A's relief, was this time claimed by Texas, there he was, wearing the Rangers' colors during the three-game series at the O.co Coliseum last weekend. The A's, Melvin said, had to change their signs with such a relatively fresh former member of the team in the opposing dugout.
Rosales never played for Texas, though, and was sent packing Monday.
So now with Rosales, who has played 35 games at shortstop, 13 at second base, two at third and one in left field, back in Oakland, do the A's have to change their signs again?
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The A's have announced that with the 40-man roster now full, a corresponding move to adjust the 25-man roster will be made Friday. Plus, with a starting pitcher needed for Saturday, you'd think that another move was coming. Sonny Gray, anyone?
It's all rather fascinating, really. It has a sense of getting-the-band-back-together-again feeling, especially with former A's left-handed reliever Travis Blackley DFA'd by Houston earlier Thursday…nah, doesn't make sense, does it. Although, Jerry Blevins has been struggling lately, as his rate of 43 percent of first-batters-faced reaching base this season would attest.
But for now, this is about Rosales and his .193 batting average with four home runs and eight RBI in 50 games with Oakland, and why the A's have welcomed him back with open arms. They just can't quit him. Nor, it seems, can they.