Luke Hughes struck out – by the Flu

Luke is considered the everyday third baseman for now.

By Jane Lee /

Eric Sogard jumped on the third-base merry-go-round on Wednesday, as recent acquisition Luke Hughes sat out with a 102-degree temperature.

A’s manager Bob Melvin is hopeful that Thursday’s off-day, when the team travels to Baltimore in preparation of a nine-game road trip, will help Hughes recover by Friday.

Despite suffering three errors in his first two games with the A’s, Hughes is considered the everyday third baseman for now.

That decision follows the Josh Donaldson experiment, which ended Monday when the infielder was optioned to Triple-A, in the wake of his offensive struggles. The A’s, attempting to offset the loss of an injured Scott Sizemore, are hoping Hughes sticks.

“We have who we have, and we’re going to take a hard look at Luke Hughes,” Melvin said. “We did the same thing with Donaldson, and that doesn’t mean he won’t be back at some point in time. But [Sizemore’s injury] created a bit of a hole for us, and Sizemore was the guy we expected to get 550 at-bats and play the majority of the time.

“Certainly you’d like someone to go in there and do the job and be able to write him in every day. We’re just not there right now.”

Thompson situation

It’s safe to assume Thompson wasn’t expecting this move. The right-handed Aussie pitched just two-thirds of a scoreless inning for the A’s before being designated for assignment on Wednesday, and Melvin simply said the decision was based on “an influx of roster moves.

“It’s too bad,” Melvin said. “It certainly wasn’t a performance-based thing. It was just more a numbers game than anything else at this point. And when you’re out of options, you have the designation. Really, I’d like to see him again. We’d like to see him get to Triple-A and have the option to bring him back.”

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