The number of injuries the A's suffer every year is ridiculous, and when they cluster at one position, you have to think there's some cruel joke going on. Right now, Mark Kotsay is on the DL, Milton Bradley is on the DL, Bobby Kielty is unavailable with a sore calf, and Travis Buck is out with sore wrists. So, of course, in the top of the first inning of today's A's-Orioles game, Nick Swisher strains his left hamstring, and has to leave the game.
So with no available outfielders left on the bench, Marco Scutaro replaced Swisher in the lineup, and went into right field. Danny Putnam, who is primarily a corner outfielder but has played a few games in center in the minors, moved over to center.
Anybody care to give up a centerfielder for Brad Halsey?