Melvin names Fuentes his closer, details Weeks' ankle sprain
Bob Melvin talks after the A's win, commending Brandon McCarthy's outing, naming Brian Fuentes the team's closer and detailing Jemile Weeks' ankle injury.
Public -- you with Brandon McCarthy's performance especially considering he's -- -- extra rest of us maybe a little bit concerned about his -- early in the yeah and that that's the reason I I've only pitched in seven innings in what was it 91 pitches I was gonna keep them below a hundred regardless. And now. You know with cook Brady go in the eighth in you know 78 pitches or whatever I really didn't want to keep my under a hundred so. You know that's that was that was. The plan going into the game. Forte was spectacular. That's probably as good as we've seen him all year. Really didn't break and -- and -- cutter sinker both sides I think the breaking ball really helped him out today and that he had a gap pitch that. You were I think accentuated -- his fastball better today. And -- is terrific job with an actor. What can you tell us that you know -- left ankle slight. Sprain. Probably doesn't play tomorrow. You were. Did today. And since we didn't really get a chance to talk to you sense the pre batting track breast but he. Can you see him more about sustenance or Akeelah. -- is that there is it's more hamstring and calf it's kind of worried attaches to the top of the cap lower part of hamstring. Actually he came to me during batting practice and said it was still still Biden already done the night before. Brown and second base. Was able to get through the game it obviously was was hurt them enough Torre took him out even to the point where he you know wasn't -- DH option I could have pinch -- -- -- -- I would had to pinch run. So he's tried doubtful tomorrow too. Another day to day proposition hopefully get that much better. And are we done with the the AJ UN as we just you know based on. Batting practice today he didn't finish the round and we just can't for Allen did it there's a chance he could just -- a couple more days good. You know we just teasing guys you just don't want to try to string along like that and then. Try to get them you know fight through something like that or he's too important lessons too early in the season so we felt like -- was right into your. -- considering the fact that she had some. Injuries and a short span away thoughts on college team has responded. And you know the way they play two -- and it's just terrific and -- that's that's how. You know good teams. Don't let. Injuries. Get him down they don't use them as excuses that's way -- -- 25 man roster that's I try to keep everybody involved in. The reason you do that is in times like this so they are ready to play and perform and expect to perform. And are prepared to perform so. You know it's just some we have to deal with the units there we have a rash of them in some key players but. That's no excuse the other guys are here for a reason and it's their turn to pick it up it's their turn to shine. Where you -- A 100% confident that Brandon would be OK out there there -- you sort of holding your breath a little bit even -- him I really wasn't based on you know we gave money was pitching on nine days. His last bullpen -- great the only time he really had an issue isn't that one bullpen in Tampa. And you know we communicate pretty well so. We felt you know even through his bullpen today we we looked Gooden. When the problem and didn't look like was an issue during the game much like I said velocity was there -- stuff was as good as we've seen it so I. You know I always tried it to be positive and then hopefully we do. Enough leg worked. To know how guys are feeling the feeling before we sent him out there but. You know no issues as of today. Brennan was especially good against Cabrera. Infielders just how to attack them and how important is that obviously to keep these guys down well first you gotta keep guys off base in front amendment to limit the damage -- with guys like that. So. Gary's got a game plan every time he goes out there and executed today when when. You know when pitchers are excusing your game plan balls -- the cords balls -- down. You know sometimes you're gonna stop good hitters do. So it's. You know credit to him and have good stuff he had today that it kept that lineup -- to know runs in seven innings. With stuff or bill was a matchup and now I.