A’s vs. Rangers: Pregame notes
It’s another 80-degree day here at Phoenix Muni, and the Rangers are in town. Here are your lineups:
Also scheduled to pitch: Brandon McCarthy, Brian Fuentes, Grant Balfour, Fernando Cabrera, Fautino De Los Santos, Willie Eyre
E. Beltre LF
This and that:
- Rich Harden (lat) threw from 80 feet this morning as part of a “test it out and see how it feels” day. He’ll throw again tomorrow, harder and farther, and then take Sunday off. He’ll remain on a two-on and one-off schedule for awhile.
- Michael Wuertz (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday and felt great. The plan for him is to throw one or two more bullpens before facing hitters. As Geren noted, Wuertz — like Andrew Bailey and Craig Breslow — really only needs five or six exhibition outings to be ready for the season.
- David DeJesus is in the leadoff spot today with Coco Crisp out of the lineup as scheduled. Geren said DeJesus is a definite candidate for that role during the season should Crisp need a day of rest. Mark Ellis and Cliff Pennington are also options, and it will obviously depend on who’s swinging a hot bat at the moment.