By Joe Stiglich
Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 5:24 pm in 2009 regular season.
Well, I’d call the A’s chances of erasing a 12-game deficit in the AL West remote at best. But if they’re going to make any sort of move, it probably has to start with this four-game series against the Angels. … I was just watching batting practice, and it continues to amaze me what a stud Matt Holliday is in BP for a guy who’s showing zero power in games. Kind of like a guy who hits 50 free throws in a row during shootaround, then shoots 60 percent from the line during games. But the way the ball jumps off Holliday’s bat (even if it’s just BP) is different from other hitters …
Checked in w/Brett Anderson before the game, and his back is doing much better. He threw a bullpen session today and said his velocity is back. He’s on schedule to start Sunday. …
Anybody out there remember a pitcher by the name of Justin Duchscherer? He’s still working his way back. Bob Geren watched a video of his throwing session today in Phoenix, and he’s coming along well. Remember, it’s a back problem that’s set him back most recently. All indications are his recovery from elbow surgery in March is on track. He’s scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday, and pitch in his first minor league game July 26 (2 innings, probably in AZ). The A’s have a plan mapped out that would have him go 100 pitches in a minor league game by Aug. 8. And you would think if he can do that, he’d be activated sometime around then. To start or not to start? That is the question. But he’ll surely be stretched out enough to be a starter …
Geren reiterated what he said last week: He plans to play Nomar Garciaparra at first base once a series, giving Jason Giambi a little time off. Giambi is hitting seventh again today, BTW … As for the rest of the lineups:
Matthews Jr. CF