Day 1: Pitchers and catchers report
Jerry Blevins and Tyson Ross provided the most exciting action on the field here at Phoenix Muni today — not with a baseball but with an aerobie pro ring. You can call it a fancy frisbee. Nevertheless, it was a rather quiet day, with players simply trickling in and out of the clubhouse for physical exams. The real action begins tomorrow, when pitchers and catchers have their first workouts.
A few tidbits from the day:
-Bob Melvin said it’s a “definite possibility” the club adds to its roster before full camp opens next Saturday. You can presumably count Yoenis Cespedes in that mix, once he acquires a worker’s visa. And Manny Ramirez is still very much an option, as are relievers Koji Uehara and Mike Gonzalez.
-Lefty Dallas Braden is slated to throw his fifth bullpen on Monday and is still eying a mid-April return to the rotation. Melvin, though, believes the beginning of May is potentially a more realistic option.
-Brett Anderson, down to 225 pounds, is set to throw off the mound for the first time Monday. Like Braden, he’s ahead of schedule and is looking to rejoin the mix in August.
-I caught up with Joey Devine for a few minutes, and he’s entering camp completely healthy. He’ll be part of the competition for the closer’s job, which Melvin says “won’t be ironed out for awhile.” Brian Fuentes, Grant Balfour and Fautino De Los Santos are also candidates.
And a note for all Spring Training visitors: The A’s will be holding all of their workouts (before games begin) at Papago Park Sports Complex rather than Phoenix Muni. The two sites are just five minutes from each other.