Day 2: First official workout for pitchers and catchers
A’s pitchers and catchers engaged in their first official workout under a warm Phoenix sun today. All were in attendance, including a new-look Kurt Suzuki sporting a goatee. I spoke with Brett Anderson about his expectations for the coming year, and you can read his thoughts here. Other news and tidbits from around camp include:
- New pitching coach Ron Romanick has implemented a change in schedule this spring. Pitchers will now throw once every three days as opposed to every other day for at least the
first couple of weeks of camp. It will afford the team’s pitchers an extra day off between sessions in an
effort to avoid much of the wear and tear and, often times, injury that
comes along with the lengthy season.
- Along the same lines, a few relievers — Bob Geren named Craig Breslow, Michael Wuertz and Andrew Bailey — who received a hefty workload last year will be brought along at a slower pace. It’s a precautionary move in an effort to keep them fresh. They’ll throw in 8-10 exhibition games as opposed to the usual 10-13 range.
- For those visiting the area next week, the A’s want you to know that they’ll be at the Papago Park Sports Complex on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before shifting back over to Phoenix Municipal Stadium for intrasquad games Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- Among those to throw bullpens today were Dallas Braden and Brandon McCarthy. Geren called them both very sharp, adding that Braden looked to be in midseason form. Pitchers scheduled to throw tomorrow include Anderson, Wuertz, Gio Gonzalez, Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes.
- While holding court with media this morning, Geren posed this question to us reporters: Which A’s starter is most likely to choose to wear the new yellow unis when pitching? Gonzalez, Braden and Cahill were the popular choices, but when Geren took the question to more than 30 players and staff members, he found just one overwhelming response. Nearly 80 percent, he guessed, chose Gonzalez. Not too surprising.
- Mark Ellis was among the position players who showed up to take some BP today. He joined Daric Barton, Eric Sogard, Steve Tolleson, Michael Choice, Jemile Weeks and others in the cages.