A's notes: What's that smell in the clubhouse?

A's notes: What's that smell in the clubhouse?
June 25, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The Coliseum, which opened in 1968, required some weekend work after a plumbing issue damaged the clubhouses. (AP)

OAKLAND -- There's a certain smell on the clubhouse level of the O.co Coliseum, and it's not the raw sewage that flooded the A's and visitors clubhouses as well as the umpire's dressing rooms the last time the A's played a home game.

It's the smell of new carpet and fresh paint and really, you could not tell anything was amiss -- or floating about -- back on June 16.

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David Rinetti, the A's vice president, stadium operations, spoke to reporters Tuesday about the work done since that day. He said stadium officials began evaluating the damage the night of the flood and a Hazmat team came in the following morning to clean up the mess and tested porous surfaces for contamination, mostly wood beneath lockers.

The hallway between both clubhouses was also sanitized and new carpet was put down there.

AEG, which manages the complex, handled the repairs, Rinetti said, before a lock flooring company came in to replace carpets. In fact, leftover carpet from the most recent A's clubhouse makeover was found and put in place.

Rinetti said an "unidentifiable mass" that caused the plumbing backup was found and removed, as well as other pipes in the Coliseum, which opened in 1968.

"It's my understanding they plan to do this periodically," Rinetti said.

Repairs were done, for the most part, Sunday night as the Cincinnati Reds' equipment began arriving.

Rinetti, who could not estimate the cost of the repair bill footed by AEG, said the A's submitted copies of the Hazmat company's report, saying all was clean, to both the player's association and the umpires' union.

Despite reports that this was the first flooding of the clubhouses, Rinetti said that was not the case.

"Never been to the extent we saw Sunday," he said, "but we've had some plumbing issues before, yes."

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A's manager Bob Melvin had to scratch John Jaso from the starting lineup as the abrasion on his left palm is still bothering him.

"He's probably still a couple of days away," Melvin said. "He just doesn't feel ready."

Melvin did say Jaso could potentially pinch hit.

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Melvin, on how draining playing 30 games in 31 days was for the A's : "Just as much, we lost a couple of games in Seattle late that we could have won. It wasn't a great end to what wasn't a great road trip on top of that."

And the off day Monday, the first of three in an eight-day span, also gave the bullpen a rest, Melvin said.

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