A's notes: Melvin on deadline, Rosales' rosy outlook, etc.

A's notes: Melvin on deadline, Rosales' rosy outlook, etc.
July 25, 2013, 5:45 pm
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We're probably a little bit more careful with younger players knowing that we implement them a little bit sooner and there's some turnover here every few years based on, maybe, some financial restrictions.
A's manager Bob Melvin

OAKLAND -- Adam Rosales has what you'd call a positive personality, so while there may have been an initial shock to his system after the A's designated him for assignment on July 8, there is no lingering resentment.

Not when he cleared waivers, was outrighted to triple-A Sacramento four days later, was selected from the River Cats on Wednesday and IS in the starting lineup Thursday for the opener of the A's four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.

"Just went down there to get my confidence back, work on pitch selection, work on getting a good pitch to hit," said Rosales, who is playing shortstop and batting ninth. "Had a week or two, the All-Star break, too, to kind of get my mind to calm down a bit, too.

"But yeah, it's great to be back and the team's doing great, so it would be awesome to contribute."

Rosales batted .200 with four home runs and eight RBI in 48 games before he was DFA'd by the A's.

In six games with the River Cats, Rosales played six games at shortstop and went 8-for-38 (.211) with six runs batted in, three walks and seven strikeouts with a stolen base.

"To me, it's just part of how the game goes," Rosales said of essentially being cut before being brought back. "Whenever anything like that happens, I just take it in stride. I don't take it personally, so that's just the way it is. I understand that you've got to hit to stick in the big leagues. The team needs me to do that.

"So it was a good opportunity for me to get a breather, to go to Triple-A to get my confidence back up so hopefully that worked and I come out and play the way I know how to play."

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Left-hander Brett Anderson, on the disabled list since May 1 with a stress fracture in his right foot, is scheduled to throw his third bullpen session on Saturday.

According to A's manager Bob Melvin, Anderson with throw an "up-and-down" bullpen.

"He'll throw something like 25 pitches, then sit down, then throw another 25," Melvin said.

Anderson threw a 40-pitch bullpen on Wednesday, a 35-pitch bullpen on Monday.

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Melvin, on the non-waiver trade deadline hitting in less than a week: "I don't think it's much of a distraction for these guys, to tell you the truth. Whether something's done or not, I feel like we have a good team. It would be one thing if everybody was looking and we have a glaring weakness we need to address. You're just trying to incrementally upgrade your team and if there's something out there to be done and you do it. Organizations like us, we're probably a little bit more careful with younger players knowing that we implement them a little bit sooner and there's some turnover here every few years based on, maybe, some financial restrictions."

Then, as currently constructed, are the A's primed to make a run for it all?

"Based on where we are right now, we feel good about our team," Melvin said. "We don't look too far ahead.

"Our long-term goal, yeah, we think we can go back to the postseason again. But then we narrow it back down to today and do everything we can to win today."

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Vinnie Catricala, the minor league infielder designated for assignment Wednesday to make room on the 40-man roster for Rosales, has been outrighted by the A's to Double-A Midland. In 33 games with the RockHounds, Catricala, picked up in a June 9 trade with Seattle, is hitting .291 with a home run and 18 RBI.

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Josh Donaldson is the A's winner of the Heart and Hustle Award. One player from each team is named a preliminary winner by the MLB Players Alumni Association, with the final winner being announced on November 19, 2013 in New York.