By Joe Stiglich
Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at 5:04 pm in Spring Training.
There were big smiles and long faces inside the A’s clubhouse after today’s 3-2 win over the Giants, as you would expect on final cutdown day. Things played as was expected with the roster decisions (you can check out my earlier blog today for the entire roster).
Andrew Bailey made the bullpen out of his first big league camp, and Sean Gallagher was kept as a reliever over Gio Gonzalez. Since Gallagher and Bailey each used to be starters, manager Bob Geren said he’ll use both as long men and situational guys. “They’re similar guys stuff-wise,” Geren said. “Both could come in and blow a couple hitters away. Both can give me some length too. We have a young staff, and if the need arises, we need a guy that can go a few innings.”
Gonzalez was pretty dejected afterward, understandably, even though his chances didn’t look great after coming back from a shoulder injury. The A’s want to use him as a starter at Triple-A, but he’ll start out throwing 1-2 innings at a time and work his way up from there. “If I’m healthy, everything else falls into place. It’s not up to me, it’s what Bob wants. I respect the decision,” Gonzalez said.
–Eric Chavez and Jack Cust drilled back-to-back homers off Ramon Ortiz in the sixth to put the A’s ahead in the game for good. Brett Anderson looked strong in 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs with 5 strikeouts and one walk.
Although Chavez’s shoulder is feeling much stronger, he says he still can’t play more than 3 or 4 days in a row.
–The A’s official roster moves: Gonzalez, first baseman Daric Barton, infielders Jack Hannahan and Cliff Pennington, and outfielder Chris Denorfia were optioned to Triple-A.
Anderson, Bailey and right-hander Trevor Cahill were added to the 40-man roster. Reliever Joey Devine was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, and the A’s still need to free up one more spot by noon tomorrow. Right-hander Justin Duchscherer and outfielder Ben Copeland were placed on the 15-day DL as expected. …
That’s all for now …