Speculation started when the Omaha Storm Chasers lineup was announced for the game tonight in Omaha against the Las Vegas 51s and outfielder David Lough wasn't in it.
Was it possible that he was Oakland-bound (Kansas City's next opponent), given that Jarrod Dyson sprained his right ankle in a game Wednesday night in Anaheim when he climbed the wall trying to catch a home run ball hit by Mike Trout?
According to Minda Haas, who shoots photos of the team, Lough wasn't in the dugout during the game tonight and I didn't see him in the clubhouse after the game. I talked to Omaha manager Mike Jirschele after Omaha's 5-4 win and he cleared things up – sort of, saying Lough was held out of the lineup for a potential call up to Kansas City.
So, there's no official word right now about whether Lough will be in uniform for Kansas City in Oakland tomorrow night, but it looks like a good possibility if Dyson heads to the DL.
Lough is having a great season for Omaha, leading the team in average (.340), hits (52), runs (29) and triples (3). He had a 16-game hitting streak snapped a week ago, during which he hit .443 (31-for-70).
Recently, Omaha hitting coach Tommy Gregg was a guest on the pre-game show with radio broadcaster Mark Nasser and he identified some small changes to Lough’s approach.
"His swing hasn’t change much, [but] his posture – his balance – is a little better," Gregg told Nasser. "He’s not over swinging as much." He went on to say he had a great attitude during spring training (in which Lough hit .455), but it took Lough about a week to re-focus after not making the big league club.
He’s been on fire ever since.
"He’s getting good pitches to hit," Gregg said. "He has a plan. He’s going to left field more. He’s not trying to hit the ball out of the park every time. So he’s really got a good approach right now and he’s in a good frame of mind."
Two weeks ago, I chatted with Jirschele about Lough and the possibility of him going up to the big leagues this season.
"I told him he opened some eyes in spring training," Jirschele told me. "And I told him Francoeur is in the last year of his contract. And, you know, Dyson and Cain have been known to come up with injuries over the course of the year – so I told him he better be ready to go."