Snelling debut; A's CF situation

By Jason Wojciechowski on May 5, 2007 at 4:47 AM

Chris Snelling made his A's debut tonight, going notching a walk and a single in four trips to the plate. That's a good way to start. Notably, he played left field, with Shannon Stewart playing center. Nick Swisher made his return (hitting a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to put the A's ahead 5-2), but DH'd, as his hamstring still isn't 100%. What that likely means is that he's not going to be back playing center for a little while, so we'll probably be seeing Stewart out there for some time more.

What's interesting about this is that the A's acquired Ryan Langerhans so they'd have a center fielder, but when Chris Snelling became available, they couldn't help but snap him up, outfield defense be damned.