Also scheduled to pitch: Joe Bateman, Fernando Cabrera, Gabe De Hoyos, Fautino De Los Santos, Joey Devine, Danny Farquhar, Brad Ziegler
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.
The A’s made this statement regarding Coco Crisp’s arrest on suspicion of DUI:
was arrested and detained early this morning under the suspicion of driving
under the influence of alcohol. He was
released from the City of Scottsdale Jail this morning and arrived at Phoenix
Municipal Stadium on time for team pre-game
drills. The A’s are aware of the situation and take such matters
seriously.The team and Coco will have no further comment until
further details are available.”
It’s a rather quiet news day here at Phoenix Muni. Here are today’s starting lineups:
Also scheduled to pitch: Tyson Ross, Josh Outman, Joe Bateman, Joey Devine, Yadel Marti, Brad Ziegler, Gabe DeHoyos, Danny Farquhar
CLEVELAND …with some notable faces in there
Briefly: Andrew Bailey and Craig Breslow are scheduled to throw to hitters Friday. Rich Harden will throw either Friday or Saturday. … Cliff Pennington is slated to make his first start Sunday. Geren said it’s still a possibility Pennington could play defense in a game before then. … Ryan Sweeney is still scheduled to get his first start in the outfield early next week. … Yesterday Geren said he’d prefer to keep Chris Carter in the outfield, but he needed a first baseman today since Daric Barton has a scheduled off day and Conor Jackson has played in consecutive games. … Lots of base running drills this morning after a few blunders on the bases in yesterday’s game. Geren and Co. are not too fond of trading an out for a run to end an inning, no matter the score. As bench coach Joel Skinner pointed out, handing away an out like that often times makes the difference between an opposing team having to use another pitcher.
Good morning from Phoenix Muni. Here are your lineups for the home opener:
Also scheduled to pitch: Brett Anderson, Brian Fuentes, Grant Balfour, Fernando Cabrera, Gabe DeHoyos, Fautino De Los Santos, Willie Eyre, Yadel Marti
CINCINNATI (split squad)
Tidbits from Geren’s morning media session:
- David DeJesus is feeling better, and he’ll likely be starting tomorrow’s home game against the Indians.
- Chris Carter is in the designated hitter’s slot today because Geren wanted to give his feet some rest without taking away at-bats. It’s unlikely we’ll see him at first base this spring because the A’s would like to keep working him in the outfield, where he made back-to-back errors yesterday. Daric Barton, like every regular position player at this point, will play every other day for awhile, and Conor Jackson will receive most other starts at first. Prospect Sean Doolittle is currently unavailable to play first base in exhibition games because the trainers believe his knees aren’t quite ready for game competition. He was able to take part in intrasquad games because it was a controlled environment.
- While several players were taking part in bunting drills, Geren was asked if Barton, given a new-look lineup, would essentially be on a shorter leash this year when it comes to bunting. During the early parts of last year, Barton was bunting on a very regular basis in an effort to move runners over. Geren said he actually asked Barton, who at one point was leading the league in sac bunts, to stop doing so in June because “he’s too good a hitter to bunt all the time.” This year, Barton will only bunt when told to do so. More on this to come in the Beat today…
- There’s currently no plan to play Hideki Matsui in the outfield this spring. He’ll stick to DH duties in an effort to keep his knees fresh. “He’s feeling real good,” Geren said, “and we’d like to keep it that way.”