No Giambi for A’s; Chavez starting at 3B

Lots of on-field activity this morning at Rangers Ballpark. The A’s and Rangers each took batting practice, which is pretty unusual for a day game. But with yesterday’s rainout, both teams want to sharpen up, I suppose. …

No Jason Giambi for the A’s today, as his hamstrings need another day of rest. Bob Geren thinks he might be able to play in tomorrow’s series opener in Seattle. … Just got word that Eric Chavez will start at third base. He was penciled in to play first, but Geren mentioned to reporters that he would play Chavez at third if his elbow felt good during pre-game drills. “My preference if Eric’s arm is available would be to do that,” Geren said. That means Bobby Crosby draws his second start at first base.

I’m wondering how wise it is to have Chavez play third, if there was doubt surrounding his elbow as recently as Tuesday. Crosby has looked better at third recently, and says he’s feeling more comfortable there.

Closer Brad Ziegler is under the weather, and Geren said the plan was for Ziegler to show up to the stadium around game time to see how he felt. If he’s unavailable, that leaves the A’s with a five-man bullpen unless Santiago Casilla (right calf) is able to go. I’m sure Geren would like to avoid using him. Regardless, the A’s would sure like to see Dallas Braden pitch deep into today’s game …

The A’s lineup: Sweeney CF; Cabrera SS; Cust DH; Holliday LF; Chavez 3B; Suzuki C; Buck RF; Crosby 1B; Patterson 2B; Braden P.

Rangers lineup: Kinsler 2B; Byrd CF; Young 3B; Jones LF; Blalock DH; Cruz RF; Davis 1B; Saltalamacchia C; Andrus SS; Padilla P.

Joe Stiglich