Here are a few notes from manager Lloyd McClendon’s pre-game meeting with the media prior to tonight’s tilt with the Indians at 7:10 p.m.
— Still no listed starter for Monday’s game at Houston, though speculation remains that it could go to Taijuan Walker. McClendon said there could be an announcement tonight, or at the latest tomorrow.
— McClendon said left-hander pitcher James Paxton felt good the day after after his 25-pitch bullpen session Friday. The plan is for him to throw another Monday and then go from there. Still no set timetable for his return.
— The lineup again has Endy Chavez and James Jones at the top with Michael Saunders at No. 7. McClendon said he likes that lineup opposed to one that might have Saunders at the top, saying it “puts a thumper at the bottom of the order. … it’s a lineup that stretches it out a little bit more.”
— Dustin Ackley has been struggling of late, currently having gone 14 straight at-bats without a hit, but McClendon said he doesn’t think it’s anything mental, instead saying Ackley just has not been getting results out of what he said have been some good at-bats.
— McClendon said there’s still no set date for when Justin Smoak and/or Corey Hart will be called up. They are currently with Tacoma in El Paso, which it was noted is a close flight to Houston. McClendon, though, said no decisions have yet been made. When one/both come back, some decisions will have to be made as to who plays first, where Logan Morrison has been playing of late, hitting .342 in his last 11 games. But McClendon said he can’t say what the team will do then. “I don’t have those answers right now,” he said.
— McClendon also put in a little plug for some of his players for the 2014 All-Star Game, set for July 15 in Minnesota. McCleondon said closer Fernando Rodney and third baseman Kyle Seager should be considered, saying specifically of Rodney that “I don’t see why not” when asked if he should be included. McClendon also said Felix Hernandez should be considered as the starter. “If they want to win, they should start him,” McClendon said.