Padres vs. A’s: Pregame notes
We’re on the cusp of seeing a handful of players make their spring debuts. Ryan Sweeney is slated to start in the outfield tomorrow against the Rangers and, depending on how his knees respond to game action, he’ll likely continue to play once every three days. On Thursday, barring any setback between now and then, Andrew Bailey is scheduled to appear in his first game. Craig Breslow is also a possibility for that game, but he’s been listed as day-to-day with a mild hamstring strain. Considering how careful the team is being with injuries, I wouldn’t be surprised if Breslow is held out of action at least a couple days.
In other injury news, Rich Harden threw pain-free from a distance of 120 feet this morning. He’ll take tomorrow off and resume his throwing schedule Thursday. If all continues to go well, he could potentially return to the mound as early as Sunday and undergo a couple of bullpen sessions before facing hitters.
Cliff Pennington is making his second spring start today. The Padres have a righty on the mound, so Pennington will be able to bat from the left side. He took some right-handed swings in a simulated game against Breslow yesterday and said all went well, but he’s not fully letting go yet and Geren said he’d prefer him to bat left-handed in game action for the time being.
Here are your lineups:
OAKLAND: Crisp CF, Pennington SS, Ellis 2B, Willingham LF, Suzuki C, Jackson DH, LaRoche 1B, Taylor RF, Timmons 3B, Cahill P
Also scheduled to pitch: Joe Bateman, Fernando Cabrera, Willie Eyre, Danny Farquhar, Brad Ziegler
SAN DIEGO: Venable DH, Frandsen 2B, Cantu 3B, Guzman 1B, Denorfia RF, Maybin CF, Baxter LF, Johnson C, Cabrera SS, Stauffer P