OAKLAND – It was an encouraging sign for the A’s that third baseman Danny Valencia was back in the lineup Sunday against Tampa Bay, after missing Saturday’s game with soreness in his right leg.
Manager Bob Melvin said Valencia is dealing with tendinitis around his hamstring and near the back of the knee. Valencia said he’s not 100 percent – he’s not as quick with his first step as he normally would be – but he was good enough to play today.
“It’s something we’re just gonna have to deal with,” Melvin said. “It’s similar to some of the other guys (who are hurting) from day to day. But he feels good enough to play today.”
Valencia has sparked the A’s since being claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 3. With him back at third base Sunday, Brett Lawrie, another player who has provided an offensive lift lately, shifted over to second base for the series finale against the Rays.