OAKLAND – All signs point to Ike Davis returning to his role as the A’s primary first baseman against right-handers.
Davis was activated from the disabled list Friday after missing 33 games while sidelined by a strained left quadriceps. Reliever Edward Mujica, recovered from a fractured thumb on his right (throwing) hand, also came off the DL. Utility infielder Andy Parrino was designated for assignment and reliever Arnold Leon was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to clear roster spots.
Davis said his quad is feeling fine physically. He went 5-for-21 with five RBI in five games on a rehab assignment with Nashville. Manager Bob Melvin indicated that Davis would get right back to a regular role.
“It just depends on how he feels,” Melvin said. “We took a pretty good amount of time with him to make sure he’s 100 percent. It’s not like he’s our top base stealer. We’ll probably look at several days (of playing), kind of the same thing as (Ben) Zobrist but maybe not as careful because (Zobrist underwent) a surgery.”
Look for Mujica to get right back to a prominent late-inning role in the bullpen. Melvin cited his experience and the fact that he was pitching so well before his injury.
Melvin also said he’s hopeful that Parrino clears waivers and the A’s can keep him in the organization. Keeping Max Muncy over Parrino suggests that the team thinks highly of Muncy’s ability to contribute off the bench as a backup at both corner infield spots. But it also confirms that the A’s are confident that shortstop Marcus Semien is making strides and that they’re comfortable keeping him in the game in the late innings.
Parrino had entered frequently as a late-game defensive sub for Semien, who leads the majors with 22 errors.