The A’s will have their starting double-play combo in the lineup together for the first time today against the Chicago White Sox. Mark Ellis will make his spring debut at second base, and Orlando Cabrera is back at shortstop after missing seven games because of the flu and lower back stiffness. Ellis told me earlier this spring he didn’t think it would take long to build chemistry w/Cabrera, but manager Bob Geren is happy to finally get them on the field together. “You can do it in practice quite a bit, but to actually feel it in a game is important.”
The infield may also welcome back third baseman Eric Chavez on Friday night against San Diego. And if Chavez is able to play defense and hit in that game, he thinks it’s conceivable he’d be in the Opening Day lineup. “It depends on the workload I’m able to jam in. If I can play Friday or whatever — get an every-other-day or two-days-in-a-row schedule … Hopefully one of (the Bay Bridge Series games) against San Francisco I’m in there nine innings.”
–Despite Josh Outman’s horrible outing last night against the Royals, Geren said he still considers the lefty in the running for the rotation as well as the bullpen. Doesn’t surprise me. With the rotation a question mark, Outman could serve a very important role as a long reliever if he’s not starting.
–Gio Gonzalez said he was looking forward to throwing a side session later today to see how his left shoulder is feeling. He hasn’t been on the mound since hurting his shoulder a couple of weeks ago.
The starting lineup vs. the ChiSox:
Brett Anderson is on the mound (I had written a couple days ago he was throwing on tomorrow’s offday. My bad …)