OAKLAND -- Former A's first baseman Scott Hatteberg spent 14 seasons answering reporters' questions as a player. Now, the tables have turned. Friday night's series opener against San Diego marked Hatteberg's first day on the job as a television analyst for Comcast SportsNet California, which broadcasts Oakland's games.
The 42-year-old, who played with the A's from 2002-05 and retired from baseball after the 2008 season, has been working as a special assistant for Oakland doing scouting and playing-development work. Hatteberg was approached by the organization to see if he had any interest in broadcasting, and he figured he'd give it a shot, even though he never considered doing it as a player.
"Not that I didn't want to, I just never thought that I would be in the booth," Hatteberg said. "It's cool. I love being around the game and that's another aspect of it, so I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Hatteberg admitted he was a little nervous before making his debut Friday night but that he had "made a fool of himself for 14 years," so he thought he'd be able to handle it. The former Athletic is slated to broadcast 20 games this season and said he wasn't sure if he'd pursue it more after that.
"I'm going to let it happen," Hatteberg said. "I have no plans either way. I hopefully enjoy it, and would love to do it. I do enjoy what I'm doing on the other side of the game, the scouting part, and helping guys, instruction, and all that. I'd hate to dismiss that completely, but we'll see."
McCarthy expected to start Tuesday
OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin had said in recent days that he expected injured starter Brandon McCarthy to avoid a return trip to the disabled list. Melvin reported on Saturday that everything has gone well with McCarthy's treatment, and the right-hander is now slated to pitch in Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.
McCarthy has dealt with shoulder soreness three separate times this season. He was on the DL from May 18 to June 2 with a strained right shoulder, and though he reported no problems in his initial two starts after being reinstated, the injury flared up again after that second outing. McCarthy has missed his last two starts but should return Tuesday barring any setbacks.
"That is the plan," Melvin said Saturday. "He'll throw a bullpen tomorrow, he threw a light one yesterday. This really does get him in his routine to lead up to Tuesday. Hopefully all goes well leading into that game, but that's what we have planned."
McCarthy's right shoulder has troubled him for several years. The 28-year-old has missed time on five occasions in the past five years and was out for six weeks last season with the same issue. Right-hander Tyson Ross was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to take his place on Saturday.
Scribner sent down to make room for Ross
OAKLAND -- Reliever Evan Scribner has performed well in Oakland since being called up from Triple-A Sacramento on June 6, and the right-hander is coming off a scoreless three-inning outing Friday that netted him his first career save. But with right-hander Tyson Ross recalled to start in place of the injured Brandon McCarthy on Saturday, a move was required, and the A's elected to send Scribner back down.
Ross wasn't officially recalled until Saturday morning, meaning Scribner was still in the clubhouse before Saturday's game against the Padres. Scribner, who appeared with San Diego last season in his only other Major League stint, allowed no hits and one walk over 4 1/3 innings in his two games for Oakland.
A's manager Bob Melvin was complimentary of Scirbner, and indicated that the right-hander showed enough to warrant a return trip to the big leagues soon, perhaps when McCarthy rejoins the rotation.
"Versatile guy," Melvin said of Scribner. "A guy you can match up, pitch for an inning, pitch multiple innings, pitch in games where you're behind, pitch in games where you're ahead. That's kind of a niche that not too many guys are able to fill ... it's nice to have those guys that can pitch multiple innings and feel comfortable enough to pitch in games where you're ahead, and certainly Evan's able to do that.
"But for obvious reasons, we had to make a room today."
Scribner's outing on Friday meant that Melvin didn't have to use any other relievers, giving him a rested bullpen for Saturday. That's key because he has one fewer reliever (six) than normal with six starters currently with the club.
Sogard replaces Rosales on big league roster
OAKLAND -- The A's announced before Saturday's game against the Padres that they sent utility man Adam Rosales down to Triple-A Sacramento and had recalled infielder Eric Sogard to take his place in Oakland. Sogard was on the team's Opening Day roster, and he returns for his second stint with the team.
"Those two, we really feel like both of them are part of the team, probably only one here at a time, and that's a difficult role to stay current and stay up to speed with your at-bats," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "As we've seen, send a guy down, get him consistent at-bats and bring him back here when he's more comfortable and ready to contribute. Whether or not that happens more times during the season, we'll see, but we feel like both those guys are part of the team."
Rosales was on the roster for one of Oakland's opening games against Seattle in Japan, but he spent most of the early part of the season at Sacramento before being called up to the A's on May 17. He was hitting .167 in 13 games and 24 at-bats.
As for Sogard, the infielder struggled in his initial stint with the club, hitting .136 in 21 games before being sent down May 21. He said it was difficult to adjust to not playing every day when with Oakland, but he thinks he's better prepared for that role.
"The more you go through it, the more you learn and you get more comfortable doing it," Sogard said. "Hopefully this time around I'll feel good, I'll relax and play my game."
Sogard played games at third base, second base and shortstop in his previous time with the A's, and Melvin said that would remain the case. The manager said he expects to give third baseman Brandon Inge a day off soon, perhaps in the series against the Dodgers early next week, and that Sogard would fill in for him when that happens.
A's manager Bob Melvin said he expects to continue to rest injured outfielder Yoenis Cespedes until after Monday's off-day. The team's strong offense recently was a factor in that decision, Melvin said.
First baseman Kila Ka'aihue, who was designated for assignment on June 6, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
The A's agreed to terms with three Draft picks on Saturday: Fifth-rounder Max Muncy, ninth-rounder Dakota Bacus and 27th-rounder Ryan Mathews.
Ben Estes is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.