ANAHEIM -- Daric Barton is back, and with him is an aggressive plate approach that was previously missing.
Called up on Monday following a 74-game stint with Triple-A Sacramento, Barton acknowledged that aggressiveness is "obviously something that was lacking." So the normally patient hitter has concentrated on pitch selection.
"That was the biggest thing for me," he said. "I'm happy with where I'm at."
Still, Barton hasn't lost the ability to draw a walk, as he tallied 66 of them in his 74 Minor League games, to go along with a .255 average and eight home runs. He hit just one homer in 37 games with the A's to start the season, after failing to hit any in 2011.
But Barton likely won't be seeing many starts with the A's down the stretch, with the powerful platoon of Chris Carter and Brandon Moss holding its own at first base. Barton said he believes he can give the team a defensive option or a left-handed bat off the bench if needed. Manager Bob Melvin concurred.
As for his future, specifically with the A's, Barton isn't interested in discussing it just yet.
"I've learned to embrace where I'm at, and I'm not guaranteed to be here tomorrow, so I'm going to do what I can today," he said. "I'm happy for these guys and I'm happy to be a part of it, and hopefully I can do my part in helping them win."