Velocity, like a car key or a TV remote, can be very difficult to find once you lose it. Like anything, there are basic principles to success that should be followed to optimize your chances of success.
The first step laid out by Professor Solomon is this: "Don't Look For It".
Something's lost, and your first thoughtyour basic instinctis to look for it. You're ready to start rummaging about. To hunt for it in a random, and increasingly frenetic, fashion. To ransack your own house.
This is the most common mistake people make.
And it can doom their search from the start.
So placing Loaiza on the DL is a good first step. The A's have stopped trying to look for Loaiza's velocity, hoping it will randomly show up if they just keep running Loaiza out there. That rarely works.
Principle Two states: there are no missing objects, only unsystematic searches.
So next, the A's need to systematically figure out where the velocity could have gone. Run every test known to man: MRI, CAT scans, breathalyzers. Study video pixel by pixel. Our friend Mr. Velocity is hiding somewhere right next to Waldo. We will find him.
Step through all of Professor Solomon's suggestions until the velocity is right back where it belongs. I suspect the A's might find success when they reach Principle Five, called Domestic Drift:
Relax. Get comfortable. Pour yourself a cup of coffee.
Now try to remember. Where were you last using that pliers, or tape measure, or fountain pen? Where did you last have it?
Give Loaiza some time off, and then send him down to Phoenix for a rehab session. Send him to Chase Field, and let him poke around in the dugouts. I'm guessing Esteban's velocity rolled into a corner, and is probably lying around beside the bat rack or under a bag of sunflower seeds (see Principle Seven: The Camouflage Effect).
Then, once we've found Loaiza's velocity, we'll move on and search for the missing timing of Frank Thomas.