The A’s have had it with the Giants decals on their plane — or at least the media’s reaction to a certain online post. It all started Sunday night when Josh Reddick tweeted a picture of a “We Are SF, We Are Giant” branding on a plane that was transporting the A’s. He included an acerbic caption, “#AreYouKiddingMe?” On Monday, the players were not in a good mood about the reaction to the post. Reddick bemoaned people being unable to take a joke in the clubhouse. A dumbfounded Jed Lowrie groaned that the instance was being covered at batting practice: “Just trying to figure out the modern world, man.” And skipper Bob Melvin was disappointed to be left out of the social media firestorm when reporters chose not to ask for his perspective. After finishing up with a media scrum, the former Cal Bear asked, “No plane questions?”
A’s roto deeper in flux
MLB: The A’s lost another rotation-caliber pitcher on Monday when they announced Felix Doubront will need the dreaded Tommy John surgery. Doubront was glum in the clubhouse a week ago on Opening Day, when he was moved to the disabled list due to a strained forearm — a typical foreshadowing of the procedure that equates to a 12-18 month sentence. The injury means a likely bump for top prospect Sean Manaea. Melvin said on Monday about replacing Doubront: “We have some guys — whether it’s Jesse Hahn, [Sean] Manaea and certainly Henderson [Alvarez] coming back. But first and foremost, you feel for Felix, because Felix made his mark here.” Expect change to be constant in the A’s rotation this year.
49ers’ second go-around
NFL: With the NFL Draft at the end of this month, the 49ers are vetting their options at quarterback by meeting again with Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, the top two prospects at the position, as well as Connor Cook of Michigan State. Notably, the team has left Paxton Lynch off the invite list. Considering how cagey the organization has become under Jed York, it feels foolish to read anything into these developments.
Karl Buscheck contributed to this report.