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.”
It’s Day 2 of Cactus League action. Dallas Braden’s on the mound against Joel Pineiro and the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium, and Hideki Matsui is making his spring debut against his former team. Here’s your A’s lineup:
Also scheduled to pitch: Brandon McCarthy, Guillermo Moscoso, Joe Bateman, Gabe DeHoyos, Trystan Magnuson, Vinnie Chulk, Willie Eyre, Jerry Blevins
Notes: David DeJesus is feeling better and could potentially be in the lineup for tomorrow’s home opener at Phoenix Muni. He’ll take part in light batting practice today but will stay away from running drills and take it easy. … Michael Wuertz is slated to throw a bullpen session off the mound Thursday. Between now and then, he’ll continue building up arm strength after missing a few days because of a sore shoulder. … Rich Harden will start throwing again toward the end of the week, Geren said this morning. Friday is a possibility, but nothing is set in stone. “We don’t want to make the mistake of rushing him,” Geren said. … The A’s will continue to also take it slow with Craig Breslow, who took on a major workload last year. The lefty was a little tender last week, but not to the point of concern. … Andrew Bailey will also be held out of games for at least five to seven days, as he eases his way back into live action. … Geren said Conor Jackson would see some time at first this spring, and he’s in there today. How much time he gets there during the season will depend on Daric Barton’s status. Barton played in 159 games last year, so he’ll be there on a daily basis unless injured or ill.
It’s a chilly morning here at Phoenix Muni, where wet field conditions have forced the players to undergo their workouts over at Papago before they hit the road for today’s Cactus League opener against the host Cubs in Mesa. Here are your starting lineups:
Notes: Fifth-starter candidates Tyson Ross, Bobby Cramer and Josh Outman, as well as
relievers Brad Ziegler, Joey Devine and non-roster invitee Danny
Farquhar, are expected to get work in the game as well. Ross, Cramer and Outman, as well as Cahill, will be limited to about 35 pitches. Geren is hoping from two innings from each of them … David DeJesus was slated to play today, but he’s feeling under the weather. … Michael Wuertz (shoulder) will begin throwing again today, likely 30-40 throws from a distance of 90-100 feet. … Normally we’re used to seeing Eric Sogard at second base and Steve Tolleson at shortstop, but Geren said he wrote his lineup out the way he did for that very reason. He hasn’t seen enough of Sogard at shortstop, and he reiterated that the winner of the utility role battle will be “who plays shortstop best.” Obviously other factors are considered, but given the fact Cliff Pennington is coming off shoulder surgery, strong shortstop skills represent a “major factor,” Geren said. Both Sogard and Tolleson will see plenty time there this spring, as will Andy LaRoche and Josh Horton. … Pennington will stay away from the batter’s box for at least the first week of games, as he takes it slow with his shoulder, but Geren said he might get to play a little defense. The A’s are pacing it with him, and so far there have been no setbacks. “We’d like to keep it that way,” Geren said. … Hideki Matsui isn’t making the trip to Mesa, but he’ll be in the lineup against the Angels tomorrow and could see 2-3 at-bats in the DH role, Geren said. The skipper’s morning media session was interrupted by the sound of shrieking girls yelling for Matsui as he walked across the field. “It’s the Oscars for him every day,” Geren said. “He gets the red carpet treatment every day. … That will never happen to me.”
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.
Postgame tidbits: Dallas Braden, who was greeted by leadoff hitter Coco Crisp donning an A-Rod patch on the back of his uniform, looked to be in midseason form, Geren said. Braden threw 20 pitches and allowed just one hit. … Catcher Max Stassi homered off Guillermo Moscoso, while fellow catcher Josh Donaldson didn’t fare so well in the game, taking a foul ball to his knee. Geren didn’t know the extent of the injury but said it’s likely a deep bruise. … Prospect Sean Doolittle, who has been sidelined by a left knee injury the past two years, collected his first hit of the spring, a clean single off Jerry Blevins. … Also of note, Geren said after the game that he expects Rich Harden to begin throwing again Sunday or Monday.
Day 2 of intrasquad action, slated to take off shortly after noon here at Phoenix Muni, has plenty interesting prospects scattered throughout both lineups. They’ll play 4 1/2 innings.
On the bench: HORTON, DONALDSON, RECKER, CARDENAS
Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy and Guillermo Moscoso are among those scheduled to throw today. Like yesterday, each pitcher will throw exactly 20 pitches, no matter if it takes one out or five to do so.
Notes: Bob Geren said Ryan Sweeney won’t be cleared to play the outfield until sometime between March 7-9. He’s not yet running at full strength, and the team doesn’t want to take its chances with his surgically-repaired knee. Geren noted that Sweeney is such a good outfielder that it won’t take many reps for him to be season-ready. … Michael Wuertz is expected to return to the mound either Saturday or Sunday after missing a few days because of shoulder soreness.
A handful of tidbits from today’s quick intrasquad game:
Josh Outman and Tyson Ross both impressed today, as did Trevor Cahill, whom Bob Geren deemed “close to top form.” Outman, maybe more so than anyone, had plenty eyes watching every one of his 20 pitches. He allowed just one hit — a Coco Crisp single up the middle — and hit 92 on the gun at least five times. … Joey Devine, meanwhile, endured some command struggles, walking two in his stint, but felt great, which is really what matters at this point. … On the offensive side, Anthony Recker launched a homer to left field, and newcomers David DeJesus, Josh Willingham and Hideki Matsui talled back-to-back-to-back hits, with Matsui tallying the first RBI of the spring.