By Joe Stiglich
Monday, February 16th, 2009 at 4:17 pm in Spring Training.
As A’s pitchers took to the mound for the third day of official workouts, a large number of position players were on another of Papago Park’s four diamonds Monday. They took batting practice, with infielders taking grounders and outfielders shagging flies in preparation for Thursday’s first full-squad workout. Manager Bob Geren said he was pleased with the early turnout of so many position players. “It tells you about the excitement surrounding the team this year,” he said. “I’m impressed.” Geren likes what he sees in the cage so far from new left fielder Matt Holliday. “He really gets through the ball using his lower half and drives (the ball),” Geren said. “He’s a big, strong, athletic guy with a good swing.” Interestingly, hitting through the ball and using his legs in the swing is something Bobby Crosby says he’s working on. Not coincidentally, Crosby and Holliday hit together frequently leading up to spring training.
–Right-hander Edgar Gonzalez and catcher Joel Galarraga are still not in camp, as they’re being delayed in Mexico by visa issues.
–Jason Giambi is the most notable regular who has yet to report to camp, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him tomorrow. …