Cowgill's play forces tough roster decison

Cowgill's play forces tough roster decison

Cowgill's play forces tough roster decison
MINNEAPOLIS -- All indications point to a Yoenis Cespedes return on Friday, at which point the A's will have to make a difficult roster decision to clear a spot for the outfielder.

Collin Cowgill is the logical candidate to be sent down, but his recent performance and overall energy during the club's rough stretch could potentially be enough to keep him around a little longer. He entered Wednesday 7-for-11 over his last three games and singled in the go-ahead run for the A's in the seventh in an eventual loss on Tuesday.

"He's the type of player that we need here, especially in times like this," manager Bob Melvin said. "You need energy, you need guys who are aggressive. We need to play aggressively. He's been terrific for us, he really has.

"He would be a hard guy to send down. He'd be a difficult send down, if that were the case. We'll see what our options are and talk about it as an organization, but to this point, he's a guy we're relying on every day."

Cowgill hit second in the lineup for a second straight day on Wednesday, as Coco Crisp continues to find his groove with the bat in the eighth spot. Melvin noted an adjustment at the plate has tremendously helped Cowgill, who has reached base in nine of his last 13 plate appearances.

"He's been terrific," Melvin said. "When he first got here, there were a couple of adjustments he made at the plate, and you're certainly seeing the results here recently. I think he's a little wider based. He was a bit narrow in his stance and drifting a little bit."

Should Cowgill stay on board, first baseman Daric Barton -- batting 8-for-46 (.174) over his last 16 games -- is likely to be optioned.