SAN FRANCISCO – Once again, Khris Davis and Trevor Plouffe weren’t in the A’s lineup Thursday for the opener of the Bay Bridge Series against the Giants.
Both have calf strains that are keeping them sidelined, and while both are expected to be ready to start the season Monday against the Angels, manager Bob Melvin can’t entirely count on that until he can get them back into the lineup.
Melvin said he’s tentatively planning on having both men play in Game 2 of this series against the Giants Friday.
“They’re doing fine,” Melvin said before Game 1. “They are doing better again today. We kept them out today, but I’m optimistic that they will both be in there tomorrow. And if that’s the case, we feel good about them going into the season. We can get them into the game again on Saturday, so as long as they’re in there, we feel good about it.”
Melvin said that “being healthy” is the key for the A’s as they look to setting the opening day roster this weekend.
Davis is the key man for the offense, coming off a breakout 42-homer season with the club in his first year after being acquired in a trade with the Brewers 13 months ago.
The A’s brought Plouffe in to be the regular third baseman with the hope that the 30-year-old will be the same player he was in 2014-15 for the Twins when he averaged 18 homers and 83 RBI.
–Of the 36 players still in camp, five are likely to start the season on the disabled list – Sonny Gray, Chris Bassitt, Daniel Mengden, Jake Smolinski and Joey Wendle. That means there are still six cuts to be made.
–Regular season probable pitchers against the Angels in a four-game series are Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea, Jharel Cotton and Andrew Triggs. The Angels have yet to set their rotation.
–Conflicts with Warriors and Sharks coverage will cost the A’s four games that will be shifted away from their radio home at 95.7 The Game, Saturday’s spring game against the Giants and three early April regular season games. Saturday’s game, April 4 against the Angels and April 8 at Texas will be heard on KBLX 102.9 while the April 5 game against the Angels will be heard on KFOX 98.5.
–Oakland’s April 4 game can be viewed through the NBC Sports App, which will host live streaming of the game at http://www.nbcsports.com/live