OAKLAND — Pitcher Sonny Gray will be able to make his next start Saturday against the Seattle Mariners without any health issues.
The A's right-hander took a sharp grounder off his right ankle in the sixth inning Monday and had to be cleared by A's medical personnel to remain in the game.
He was walking only a little gingerly after Monday's game and Tuesday said ``It's fine; no big deal.''
Manager Bob Melvin echoed that sentiment, but it had to be a relief for the A's skipper, who has already lost two starting pitchers, Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, to the disabled list in March.
For Melvin, he's less concerned with his hitters being unable to take swings than he is with his new position players like infielder Nick Punto and outfielder Sam Fuld not being able to use the time to better familiarize themselves with the Coliseum
``It's not as much about the hitting as the defense,'' the manager said. ``You'd like to get out there and play on the field and get used to it.''
Doctors are preparing to induce labor with what will be the couple's first child.
Assuming the game wouldn't be rained out, Norris was given the start behind the plate and Callaspo was the DH with Monday's DH, Brandon Moss, moving from there to play first base.
``Today I wanted to get Callaspo in there,'' Melvin said. ``I don't want anybody sitting for too long.''