OAKLAND — Before Tuesday night’s game between the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners, Yonder Alonso found himself holding court in the unfamiliar visitor’s dugout at the Coliseum.
“It’s definitely a little, obviously, [it’s a] surreal moment,” Alonso explained, a couple of days after the A’s had sent him to the M’s.
“I’ve been here for almost two years and I’m just excited and grateful, obviously, for the opportunity that Oakland gave me,” Alonso added. “[The team] opened doors to me and my family. Now, it’s my new chapter and new beginnings with a great team – a team that has a chance to, obviously, to play further than September.”
Phegley swings off tee
Josh Phegley, on the 10-day disabled list since July 25 with a strained oblique, swung off the tee on Tuesday. Melvin said he was encouraged, noting that swinging is the final step in the recovery from an oblique manager. Melvin doesn’t know yet when Phegley will take part in live batting practice.
An update on Gossett
Asked about the recent demotion of Daniel Gossett, Melvin said the club sent him to Triple-A because the A’s want to keep the top prospect pitching every five days.
“My guess is we’ll see him at some point,” Melvin said. “I’m just not sure when.”