OAKLAND -- With Adam Rosales, fresh off the disabled list, in the A's lineup tonight against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, Jed Lowrie has been defensively displaced. Lowrie, who has played exclusively shortstop since the beginning of the season, makes his first start at second base tonight with Rosales at short.
"The versatility of Jed probably works against him at times," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Melvin said the decision tonight mostly comes down to Rosales being most comfortable at shortstop. Lowrie will still play some shortstop, Melvin said, such as when left-handed hitting Eric Sogard plays second base.
Lowrie, whose .365 batting average ranks third in the American League, said the move comes "a little out of the blue." He said he had talked with Melvin about possibly having to move, but he "didn't really expect it today."
"But that's what they're asking me to do," Lowrie said.
Here's the full A's lineup against the Orioles and Chen:
And the Orioles' lineup against A's left-hander Tommy Milone:
* Wells, whom the A's acquired from the Blue Jays on Monday and who joined the team in Boston on Tuesday, makes his first start for Oakland. Wells is 0-for-2 in a pair of pinch-hit situations since joining the team. The A's have been easing him in after a fairly tumultuous last couple of weeks -- he was with Seattle all spring before being designated for assignment March 31, then was claimed by the Blue Jays on April 10 but didn't play in a game for Toronto before they too designated him on April 15.
Wells said he has tried to stay in baseball shape, which hasn't been easy, but "mentally and everything else I feel right there."
Part of getting Wells a start tonight, Melvin said, is that he has had some success against Chen, albeit in a small sample size -- 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk.
* Reddick, who is 6-for-16 with five RBIs over the last five games, is hitting third. Melvin said that's in part because of the personnel in the lineup and in part because: "I think he's swinging well enough tow here this is a spot he's comfortable hitting."
-- Matt Kawahara