Wednesday morning notes: Crisp, Kouz and more
First, your lineups for today’s three-inning intrasquad game, which is slated to start at 12:30 here at Phoenix Muni:
Team 1 (Matt Wright SP):
Bullpen: McBeth, Cassevah
Team 2 (Gonzalez SP):
Bullpen: Rodriguez, Demel
Other notes from this morning: Geren said Coco Crisp is likely to be playing in center field sooner than the he anticipated. Rather than strictly keeping him in the DH role “for a while,” Geren hopes to get Crisp in the outfield in as early as a week since the rehab schedule for his surgically repaired shoulder is going so well.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, who was deemed day-to-day yesterday after being hit in his right shin with a line-drive ball, will most likely play in tomorrow’s Cactus League opener against the Cubs, Geren said. Kouzmanoff told me he’s doing better, but he looked a little slow during running drills this morning, so we’ll see how he progresses throughout the day. He’s not scheduled to play in the intrasquad game, either.
You also won’t be hearing anything today about Eric Chavez or Dallas McPherson, who both have a scheduled day off.
Joey Devine will throw another bullpen today and could potentially be facing live hitters within the next week, which means he’s not too far away from seeing game action.
The A’s this morning announced that nationally-syndicated broadcaster Chris Townsend will host the A’s radio postgame show on XTRA Sports 860 this season. “A’s Talk with Chris Townsend” will make its debut tomorrow immediately following the team’s opener. Ken Korach, Ray Fosse and Vince Controneo will handle tomorrow’s game broadcast, with the pre-game show starting at 11:30am PST. Meanwhile, Robert Buan will continue to contribute to the club’s postgame show by providing on-site interviews.