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We A's fans just can't ever get to enjoy anything, can we? The A's take two in the Metrodome, but then find out that Mark Ellis has a broken index finger.
There's a big defensive dropoff from having Bobby Crosby and Mark Ellis up the middle to having Marco Scutaro and D'Angelo Jimenez. Huge, huge bummer.
So Ginter seems the obvious choice. Alternatives would be Mark Kiger or Kevin Melillo, but then they'd be making their major league debuts in the playoffs.
"Teams can replace injured players between series, but only with players on their 40-man roster. There are no other middle infielders on the A's 40-man roster, but Crosby has been hopeful about returning in time for the AL Championship Series should the A's make it that far."
They probably will be able to get Ginter onto the roster, but they'll have to petition the commissioner for permission first.
I can't find the actual text of Rule 40(a) anywhere, though, so I can't verify this.
So... hello, Mark Kiger and Kevin Melillo!
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