According to the rigorous folks who provide injury news for fantasy players, Oakland Athletics outfielder Craig Gentry should be coming off the disabled list tomorrow. Someone must be correspondingly deactivated, and that will likely be outfielder Sam Fuld. The A’s only carry four outfielders, but there’s no reason for them to carry five like most other teams. Gentry will get more playing time than your average bench player and Brandon Moss will trot out to the corner outfield every once in a while. So, here was a nice play by Fuld in the second inning of today’s game against Minnesota.
Fuld has six hits in 29 plate appearances. Two of them are triples because he’s a dirt dog who plays the game the right way, with 110 percent effort 110 percent of the time–just a gamer, but with a high baseball IQ, everything you want out of the mental aspect, really. A gymrat, too: first guy in there in the morning and last to leave at night. I joke with him, I say, Sam, we might as well give you the master keys! I don’t think he thought it was very funny but he laughed all the same, which was kind of him, but that’s to be expected; he’s a real clubhouse leader.
If he gets the hammer tomorrow he should find his way to another team soon enough. I would like my Giants to have him over this Juan Perez fellow, no offense to him. He could compete with J.B. Shuck for the place of the hand-crippled Josh Hamilton. So if he absolutely insists on staying in California he has two suitors right there, wrote the fellow in his living room.