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Friday: Pregame notes

Lots of regulars in action today for the team’s home opener against the Brewers here at Phoenix Muni. Here’s your lineup:

Davis LF
Ellis 2B
Suzuki C
Kouzmanoff 3B
Chavez 1B
Cust DH
Buck RF
Rosales SS
Patterson CF
Sheets P

Pitchers available: Mazzaro, DiNardo, Bailey, Ziegler, Cassevah, Breslow, Hernandez, De Los Santos, McBeth, Demel

Lots to be excited about for this game, aside from the already anticipated start of Sheets against his former team. Chavez makes his game debut at first base, while Kouzmanoff also gets his first spring start at third. Definitely keep an eye on the middle of the lineup; I’m liking the idea of Cust batting sixth and am very curious to see how Suzuki, Kouz and Chavez set him up in the 3-5 spots.
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Quick note from this morning: Jason Jennings is scheduled to
throw a simulated game on the back field at noon today. The
right-hander, acquired this week, should be game-ready sometime next
week.
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Also, leftover tidbits from yesterday: Infielder Corey Wimberly is out indefinitely with a strained calf. … Geren liked what he saw from right-hander Justin Souza,
who allowed a hit and struck out the side in one inning of work in the
A’s 9-3 loss to the Cubs. … The A’s skipper was also quite impressed
with the rocket shot that Chris Carter sent over the left field
fence yesterday. “I don’t even think he got all of it either,” Geren
said. “I think he missed it a touch and it still almost went 500 feet.”
… After allowing one run — a homer to Derrek Lee — in two innings
to the Cubs, Trevor Cahill concluded that he has some work to do on his changeup. He shook off catcher Landon Powell five
times before throwing the changeup to Lee. He’s also working on a new
curveball, which he hoped to debut in the game but never got a chance.
“I was excited about it,” he said. Cahill will get plenty chances to
show it off, as he is scheduled to start the most Cactus League games
(7) out of any of the pitchers due to how the throwing scheduled worked
out. … Adam Rosales continues to impress every day. He went 1-for-2 yesterday against the Cubs and is back in the lineup today at shortstop.

Postgame quick hits

Notes from today’s intrasquad game (which ended with a 5-3 score, but who’s keeping track?):

Coco Crisp, as expected, filled the DH role today. After the game, manager Bob Geren said Crisp won’t be starting in the outfield “for a while” — most likely not until the end of Spring Training in order to give him time to complete rehab of his surgically-repaired shoulder.

Geren noted that both Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden threw well. Braden, especially, was sharp with his control. “Considering he’s had the most time off,” Geren said, “he threw exceptional.”

Michael Taylor tallied two hits — both which were hit extremely hard — and an RBI while getting time in left field. Other top prospect Chris Carter played an inning at first and even held Taylor there at one point during the game. Makes you wonder when the two of them will play on the same field in Oakland.

Geren wasn’t too impressed — but mostly indifferent — with some of the younger pitchers, including Pedro Figueroa, John Meloan, Fautino De Los Santos and Fernando Hernandez. But, “it was their first time out there, so the command wasn’t where it needs to be.” However, the A’s skipper did note that he liked what he saw from Tyson Ross, who threw a “real good” slider, cutter and fastball.

Kevin Kouzmanoff didn’t see any action because of a bruised right shin, but he told me this afternoon that he should be good to go tomorrow. The bruise came from what Kouz described as a “really hard-hit line drive” off the bat of Adam Rosales. He couldn’t run today, but he did manage to hit … and get some dishes done in the A’s kitchen. “This is what they make you do when you’re not playing,” he joked.

Monday morning notes

10:40 a.m.: Thanks to a pretty steady rainfall in Phoenix this morning, the A’s packed up their equipment at Phoenix Muni about an hour ago and headed to Papago Park, where they’ll skip PFP (pitchers fielding practice) and simply stretch and do some conditioning before pitchers begin their throwing programs. Among those scheduled to throw bullpens today are the recovering Dallas Braden, along with Gio Gonzalez, Andrew Bailey and Craig Breslow.

Bob Geren talked with reporters this morning for a good while before venturing over to Papago. Some noteworthy comments from the skipper:

As I mentioned Saturday, Jake Fox has been in camp helping catch bullpens. When asked about Fox’s catching abilities, Geren said he definitely wants to see what the newcomer can do behind the plate. “That’s why he’s here,” Geren stated. The A’s manager said Fox will be catching a few Spring Training games when not getting time as DH or at the corner infield slots and even left field. Geren threw BP to Fox yesterday and said he likes the way he hits. “You can tell a lot about how a guy approaches the plate during BP,” Geren said. Fox will be fighting for a utility spot with Eric Chavez and Adam Rosales this spring.

Max Stassi, the youngest guy in camp at age 18 (he was born in 1991!), has already made quite the impression on Geren, who will be watching the young catcher closely. Geren, once a big league catcher himself, says he usually forges a strong bond with catchers. “He doesn’t have the appearance of being 18 years old,” Geren said. “You would think he’s much older.” Stassi will have plenty to learn behind the plate alongside Kurt Suzuki and Landon Powell, but Geren said the team will be careful with how they approach his offensive game. “We don’t tend to make major adjustments with someone of that age,” he said.

As a side note, newly acquired outfielder Coco Crisp and his playful personality showed up to camp today, as did Chris Carter, who will be watched closely this spring. Justin Duchscherer’s nerve ablation procedure is schedule for noon, so hopefully I’ll have more on him by the end of the day.

And even though Ben Sheets insisted yesterday that he “hates” Spring Training, he was quite eager to get on the field this morning about a half hour before stretching was scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. “What are we waiting for?” he announced. “I could have slept in a bit longer this morning. I’m ready to go right now!”

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