Preview: Intrasquad Game No. 3
The A’s are preparing for their final intrasquad contest before the “real” games begin Sunday. Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez are among the hurlers that will throw 20 pitches — no more, no less — today. Here are your lineups:
On the bench: TAYLOR, STASSI
On the bench: TIMMONS, TOLLESON, WEEKS, DONALDSON
Grant Green will bat for Cliff Pennington, with whom the A’s want to be careful in bringing back from left shoulder surgery. Pennington’s also been instructed to avoid diving in the infield, as that’s how he initially injured the shoulder back in July of last year.
Other morning notes: Despite speculation that he might begin throwing again as soon as tomorrow, Rich Harden (lat stiffness) likely won’t do so for another week, Geren said. There have been no other setbacks; they just want to give him the necessary time to strengthen his arm and make sure he’s ready. When asked if that extra time makes it unlikely that Harden will be ready by season’s start, Geren replied, “I don’t know. Never say never.” At this point, Harden may be best suited for a bullpen role, but the team isn’t ready to rule out a starting job. “We don’t want to put any limitations or a timeline on him,” Geren said. … Michael Wuertz (shoulder) will resume throwing tomorrow, but don’t expect to see him in a game for at least another 12 days.