A’s pregame update — Saturday

It’s been a newsie morning for the A’s with the addition of reliever Dan Giese, who took Jerry Blevins’ roster spot. To catch you up on what else is happening:

–Nomar Garciaparra isn’t starting at third, as Bob Geren had planned yesterday. Garciaparra’s right calf tightened up while he was running out a grounder in the fourth inning last night. He’s day-to-day. And that leaves the A’s with a lonely bench for today’s game. Travis Buck and Landon Powell are the only healthy reserve position players. But Geren is hopeful Eric Chavez can return to third base tomorrow if his right shoulder feels good in pregame drills. Chavez had told me yesterday he was targeting Monday, but with the infield depth looking depleted, I could see why Geren is holding out hope for tomorrow.

–Geren doesn’t see his new no-lefty bullpen as a cause for concern. He mentioned Santiago Casilla, Michael Wuertz and Andrew Bailey as relievers he’d feel comfortable calling on to retire a left-handed hitter.
As for his thoughts on Giese, Geren offered: “He’s had some success up here in the major leagues. He throws strikes. He’s a good control pitcher. Jerry had been struggling a little bit in the spring and into the (regular) season. We need to get him back to where he was last year, because he was a big help to the team last year. … (Giese) does give us maybe a little more length” in the bullpen.

He said Giese’s addition had nothing to do w/Josh Outman’s shaky performance in the rotation thus far. But Geren added that he views Giese as a potential starter if need be. Giese made three starts and 17 relief appearances over two stints last season w/the Yankees.

Today’s A’s lineup: Sweeney RF; Cabrera SS; Giambi 1B; Holliday LF; Cust DH; Suzuki C; Ellis 2B; Crosby 3B; Davis CF; Cahill P.

Jays lineup: Scutaro SS; Hill 2B; Rios CF; Wells DH; Lind LF; Bautista 3B; Overbay 1B; Barajas C; Snider RF; Tallet P

Joe Stiglich