ARLINGTON -- Athletics catcher Landon Powell was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to give Oakland manager Bob Melvin a third catcher, a luxury usually afforded Major League managers after roster expansion on Sept. 1."It's always nice to have a third catcher, because if you pinch-run for somebody and the other guy gets hurt, you don't want to be stuck in a situation where you have someone out of position catching," Melvin said. Powell batted .176 in 32 games as the A's backup catcher earlier this season. In the 12 games he played in Sacramento, he batted .283 over 46 at-bats. He was optioned to Sacramento to make room for fellow catcher Anthony Recker. Melvin said there is no plan for when Powell will get his first start after being recalled. "I'm not sure how the playing time is going to play out," Melvin said. "We'll probably think a little bit more about that once we get home. I think tomorrow it will either be [Kurt] Suzuki or Recker, and then when we get home, we'll start to plan out playing time as far as Landon's involved."
Crisp won't return during series in Texas
ARLINGTON -- Coco Crisp will be out for the rest of the series against the Rangers after sustaining a right ankle injury in the first inning of Friday's game."You could see early yesterday that his ankle and foot were bothering him," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I guess it swelled up again during the flight, and as he ran down the first-base line last night, it became an issue. He wanted to continue to play, but I had to get him out. He's not available today, and we've got to find what the problem is because it's really bothering him." Melvin said Crisp would not be available for Sunday's game either and that his inflamed ankle would be checked by doctors later on Saturday. Crisp returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing three games with a right shin contusion. It is unclear whether this injury is related to that one, but it involves the same leg. "We thought we were headed in the right direction with it," Melvin said. "From the last game, off-day, flight, whatever, it is significantly swollen up again."
Melvin reflects on visit to Ground Zero
ARLINGTON -- Bob Melvin took time before Saturday's game against the Rangers to reflect on Sunday's 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11."We were at Ground Zero shortly thereafter with the Diamondbacks in the World Series," Melvin said. "To see what transpired firsthand was -- I've never seen anything like that before. The work that the rescue workers and the firemen and the police did there was miraculous. The spirit of the city was very uplifting to see in such a difficult time." Melvin was a bench coach for the D-backs in 2001. The team won the World Series in dramatic fashion over the New York Yankees in seven games.
Melvin: Weeks' mishap part of the game
ARLINGTON -- In the seventh inning of Friday's 13-4 loss in Texas, Jemile Weeks and David DeJesus didn't communicate properly on an Ian Kinsler popup that ended up deflecting off Weeks' glove and rolling into the outfield.On Saturday, Oakland manager Bob Melvin chalked the mishap up to Weeks' youth and the ballpark noise. "That happens, you'll find those plays anywhere over the course of a season, especially in places that are loud," Melvin said. "The more they play together -- and Weeks is still a rookie -- the more he'll know where DeJesus is playing and his range. With younger guys in the infield, sometimes situations like that pop up."
A's pitchers have struck out 89 batters in 86 1/3 innings over their previous eight games going into Saturday's contest. The 1,050 strikeouts on the season is the sixth-best total in franchise history. A loss on either Saturday or Sunday against the Rangers would officially eliminate the A's from playoff contention. Jemile Weeks has three straight multihit games entering Saturday, going 9-for-14.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.