CLEVELAND -- The addition of shortstop Stephen Drew in a trade on Aug. 20 has created a logjam at second base for the A's.
Cliff Pennington and Adam Rosales are splitting the bulk of the playing time at the spot. Before making his last four starts at the position, Pennington, previously the club's regular shortstop, hadn't played second base since 2008. Manager Bob Melvin said he'll continue to base who starts upon that day's matchup.
"They've done a nice job," Melvin said. "Rosales has experience there and does a nice job for us at second, but Pennington has really been a surprise, at least defensively, how quickly he has taken to it. The fact that he does play the middle of the diamond gives him some experience up there. Now it's just the different angles he's looking at and so forth, but he's a good defender and to this point, he's picked it up very quickly."
Pennington, a switch-hitter, will see the brunt of the playing time against right-handed hurlers. Rosales, who hits right-handed, will earn most of his playing time when a southpaw toes the rubber. On Tuesday, Rosales contributed a pair of hits and an RBI off Cleveland right-hander Zach McAllister. He's now batting .324 (11-for-34) in his last 11 games.
"It's more matchups," Melvin said. "Left, right. ... With as many right-handers as we've faced in a row, I want to keep Rosales current with his at-bats."