OAKLAND -- The A's welcome another of their previously injured outfielders back into the fold tonight against the Royals in Chris Young, who was reinstated from the disabled list today and will start in right field. The A's designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment to clear a roster spot for Young.
Barton, who was 3-for-21 in eight games after being called up from Triple-A, will have to clear waivers to remain in the A's organization. Melvin said the A's would like to see Barton clear, "but I'm not sure that'll be the case." He said Barton's average wasn't a good indication of the at-bats and defense Barton put together on this latest call-up.
Melvin said one factor in Barton being designated was that John Jaso isn't available to catch right now after being hit by a pitch on the shin Wednesday. Jaso is in the lineup tonight at DH, but Melvin said that made the A's more inclined to keep Luke Montz on the roster for now.
Regarding the other injured outfielder -- Josh Reddick said he started swinging a bat yesterday and hasn't felt any pain in his injured wrist. Reddick hasn't hit pitching yet -- and said he doesn't know when that will happen -- but was encouraged.