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Thursday Tidbits

The A’s on Thursday outrighted Petit and invited him to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. He was designated for assignment Feb. 1 when the team claimed Steve Tolleson off waivers from Minnesota. Petit struggled in Oakland last year, batting .226 (7 for 31) in 11 games, but many think he could be an above-average player if given the chance to contribute on a consistent basis. I’m not sure how much of a chance he’ll get this year, though, with new utility infielder Adam Rosales in the mix now.

On Wednesday night, Comcast SportsNet California announced it will be showing 145 regular-season games (plus two exhibition contests), with all the regular-season games available in high-definition for the first time. Big news, though, came in the form of the station’s announcement that former A’s third baseman Carney Lansford is joining the broadcast team as a pregame/postgame analysis. Looks like the former Giants hitting coach has found his way back to the other side of the Bay. He’ll join Mindi Bach, Shooty Babitt and Matt Morrison on camera, with familiar face Mychael Urban making multiple contributions as well.

Will we see Taylor before Buck?

I think I’ve finally recovered from Monday’s wacky series of events. When I confirmed the Gabe Gross signing news Sunday, I was pretty certain Monday could turn out to be interesting knowing that a trade was most likely to follow to make room on the 40-man. But never would I have pegged it to be a day when we saw not one but two utility infielders come in, not to mention a brief hour-long stint by a $4 million outfielder (Willy Taveras) only to watch him be designated for assignment. And in the meantime, Dana Eveland and Gregorio Petit were DFA’d as well. Needless to say, I was afraid to leave my laptop and/or phone in the event news was waiting about the groundbreaking of a new A’s stadium and/or confirmation that Grant Desme changed his mind about the priesthood. It was THAT kind of day. A kind of day on which anything could happen.

What didn’t happen, aside from fans’ fantasies about the stadium and Desme, was anything involving Travis Buck. In fact, no news of Buck has surfaced in quite awhile. And the way I see it — through reports and personal observations — is that tension is running mighty high between the once promising goldilocks outfielder and the organization. When I talked to David Forst on Monday, he made no mention of Buck when asked about the fourth/fifth outfield slots. Neither did Billy Beane when discussing the matter with the Contra Costa Times.

That being said, I could seriously see Michael Taylor picking out white cleats before Buck does so again. And for Buck’s sake, I hope he’s gone by Opening Day. The kid needs a change of scenery — a new team to prove his worth. So let’s take it to the polls:

Where will we see Travis Buck on Opening Day?
A. Getting reacquainted with new and old teammates in Sacramento.
B. Sitting on the bench in Oakland.
C. Sitting on a big league bench somewhere far away.
D. Standing in a big league outfield somewhere far away.