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OAKLAND – The A’s went back to work Wednesday, after a night of dysfunction on the field and a dose of drama off of it as well.
The critical postgame comments from starting pitcher Scott Kazmir regarding his team’s play in Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to Texas didn’t appear to loom large in the clubhouse before the A’s headed out for batting practice.
Kazmir vented to reporters Tuesday night after a mistake-filled defensive game that “I’ve never seen anything like that before at the major league level,” adding that such a game should never be turned in by a contending team in September.
Two players who were asked about the situation before Wednesday’s game said they hadn’t seen the comments. But one said that although he didn’t like hearing such comments from a teammate, he couldn’t necessarily disagree with Kazmir’s assessment.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said his veteran starter got caught up in the heat of the moment.
“Look, Kaz is an emotional guy,” Melvin said. “After games a lot of times those emotions run high. And sometimes you say some things, whether you regret them later or not. But he’s speaking from the heart, and unless you’ve been out there and playing and competing and know what that’s like, sometimes some things come out. It is what it is.”
It appeared that Kazmir and catcher Derek Norris were having their disagreements in the top of the fifth, just as Melvin was coming out to pull Kazmir. After the game, Kazmir and Norris huddled for a conversation in the clubhouse in an apparent effort to sort things out.
Melvin said Tuesday night the issue was over pitch selection. Norris declined to discuss the issue Wednesday.
“It’s between me and Scott,” Norris said. “There’s no hard feelings. He’s obviously frustrated from his outing, and we were just talking through stuff.”
Melvin was hopeful of having Stephen Vogt (sprained left ankle) available as a pinch hitter Wednesday night if Vogt came out of his pregame running drills OK.
There were no updates on either outfielder Craig Gentry or catcher John Jaso, who are each recovering from concussions.