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The Outfield

With Kotsay and Kielty hurting, is it time to bring Watson back?  Not to mention that neither one has been doing much recently.  Since the All-Star break, Kotsay's OPS has been .482 (!!) and Kielty has been .741.  With a weaker schedule in August, that seems to be the time to rest (or even shut down) these guys.  Watson continues to perform at AAA, so he's the most likely addition.

Baseball Prospectus mentions this:
The injuries to the outfielders in Oakland might be the best chance we have to see the entire organization--front office, field management, medical staff and scouting--all at work. Mark Kotsay was able to get back on the field despite some lingering soreness from his chronic back condition, helping cover a distinct lack of outfield depth at the major-league level. Kotsay went 0-for-4 on the day, looking less than 100% at bat and in the field. When Kotsay and Bobby Kielty, also dealing with lower back pain, head to Minnesota, the team will have to get creative. If these injuries linger, the team may have to get creative in the month of August. Marco Scutaro is likely to see himself back in the outfield, backed up by Keith Ginter. That's hardly an ideal lineup for a team chasing the Angels, so a reach into the minors could come. The timing of a visit to Minnesota could hardly be worse, but its creativity we love to see from the A's, isn't it?

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=4284

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