Melvin on Callaspo: 'This is a guy that can play everywhere'
Bartolo Colon served a 50-game suspension last year and reports inidcate he will not be served another. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Alberto Callaspo was in uniform for the A's Wednesday game against the Blue Jays. (COMCAST SPORTSNET)
OAKLAND -- While a report by the New York Daily News says A's ace Bartolo Colon will not face suspension for being linked to the Biogenesis lab in South Florida, A's player rep Jerry Blevins said the union has not been made aware of any discipline coming, as the report suggested.
Colon is the A's starter Wednesday for the A's rubber game against Toronto and, at 14-3 with a 2.54 ERA, has vaulted himself into the American League Cy Young Award conversation a year after serving a 50-game suspension for a failed drug test (testosterone).
"It would be devastating to lose him (to suspension)," Blevins said of Colon. "I feel like he's already served his time."
Indeed, the Daily News report said Colon would not be among the eight players suspended this week because his suspension last year for the failed drug test was linked to Biogenesis.
Josh Reddick was scratched from the lineup when he showed up to the O.co Coliseum with a headache the morning after taking a Jed Lowrie knee to the right side of his head in an outfield collision. A's manager Bob Melvin, though, said he was not exhibiting any other concussion symptoms, though.
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Reddick was originally batting seventh and playing right field, with Seth Smith hitting eighth and in left.
Now, Smith is batting seventh and Chris Young is batting eighth and in right.
John Jaso, who is on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion, is still not doing any baseball activities.
Melvin confirmed that Brett Anderson would throw live batting practice Friday, saying the left-hander would be behind an "L-screen" and throw two "up-and-down" sessions of 15 pitches each.
And if all goes well then, he could "potentially" have a rehab start next, or another live B.P. session.
The A's are facing that rarest of oddities Wednesday, a knuckleball pitcher in R.A. Dickey.
The last time Yoenis Cespedes faced a knuckleballer?
"Playstation," he said with a laugh.
It will be interesting to see how the ultra-aggressive Cespedes fares against the dancing pitch, which requires a modicum of patience at the plate.
New A's infielder Alberto Callaspo, acquired in a Tuesday night trade with the Los Angeles Angels for minor league second baseman Grant Green, almost committed the, ahem, cardinal sin for Oakland players. He was about to take the field for stretch in red shoes.
Bench coach/fashionista Chip Hale spotted the offending kicks and quickly found a pair of size 9 1/2 shoes…in resplendent white.
Callaspo was pleased, even if he was tired from catching a 7 a.m. flight in Dallas to get to Oakland and meet his new teammates.
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"I was just surprised," a bleary-eyed Callaspo said of the trade. "They took me out in the fourth or fifth inning and I said, 'What happened?' They said, 'You got traded.' 'O.K.'"
Technically, Callaspo had 72 hours to report. But he chose to get to Oakland ASAP.
"I just want to come here and keep doing my job 100 percent and it's a good team," he said. "It's baseball, a business. I'm O.K. with that."
The switch-hitting Callaspo went from the Angels, who started the day 14 games out of first place, to the pace-setting A's and will platoon at second base with Eric Sogard. Callaspo, the Angels' everyday third baseman the past three years, will also spell Josh Donaldson at third.
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"I can play everywhere but not catcher and not pitcher," he said with a laugh, reiterating that he started his professional career as a second baseman, even if he has not played there since 2010.
Callaspo played for Melvin in Arizona in 2006 and 2007 and is also former teammates with Young there.
Melvin, on the departing Adam Rosales, who was designated for assignment, for the second time since July 8, to make room for Callaspo: "We still feel like he may be our best defender at short in the organization and it would be nice to keep him (if he clears waivers). We'll see if that's the case."
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