Josh Outman turned in 5 2/3 strong innings as the A’s beat Kansas City 7-2 this afternoon at Phoenix Muni. His line: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Outman is still being considered for the rotation, and long story short, he only strengthened his case today. It’s looking like the A’s are still deciding between Sean Gallagher and Outman for one spot in the rotation.
Outman also could be a natural fit in a long relief role. What’s unknown is whether Gallagher would also be considered as a long man in the bullpen if he doesn’t make the rotation.
–Justin Duchscherer had his elbow scoped this morning by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern California. According to manager Bob Geren, Yocum “cleaned up the joint a little bit, nothing major.” I had mentioned six weeks as a ballpark recovery time for such a procedure, but it will depend on how Duchscherer feels when he starts throwing, and it’s unknown when that might be.
–First baseman Jason Giambi snapped an 0-for-20 slump when he lined an RBI single to center in the first inning today. He went 1-for-3 and is hitting just .136 in exhibitions. Not sure how worried I’d be about the average, but his one homer is his only extra-base hit in 44 at-bats.
–Ryan Sweeney returned to the lineup after missing two games with a left quad injury and went 2-for-2 before leaving. Geren said before the game he only planned to play Sweeney long enough to get two at-bats.
–Travis Buck cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the fourth.
–The A’s are trying to get as many of their frontline relievers back-to-back outings as possible. Russ Springer pitched for the second straight day but went just 1/3 of an inning. Springer hasn’t been incredibly sharp this spring, but he told me last week he rarely pitches great during camp. He also said he felt his arm was ready for the regular season a couple of weeks ago, and that because of the extra-long spring training, the trick was maintaining his arm and not over-working it.
Santiago Casilla pitched two innings of one-hit ball.
–Bobby Crosby was a late scratch at second base today because of a sore right hamstring, but said he could be back tomorrow.
The A’s host the Cubs tomorrow in their final Cactus League game before they fly home for the Bay Bridge Series with the Giants from Thursday-Saturday. …
It’s been one long spring …