A little more on Giambi

Just got done with our pregame session with Bob Geren, but we didn’t learn a whole lot of specifics about Jason Giambi’s quad injury. But Geren said it wasn’t an injury that happened yesterday, but has been building for a while. Can he return when he’s eligible to come off the DL Aug. 4? Geren didn’t say, so hopefully I’ll be able to grab Giambi when we’re allowed back in the clubhouse. His legs have bothered him pretty much all season, but how much that’s contributed to his .193 batting average is anyone’s guess.

I’m thinking the A’s won’t rush him to get back on the field. This is a chance for Daric Barton to get a long look, especially since Nomar Garciaparra’s health concerns limit his availability. But Geren pointed out the A’s will face lefties in three out of four games on the upcoming road trip to New York and Boston, so he’ll want Garciaparra in the lineup for those games as much as possible.

–The A’s invited fourth-round draft pick Max Stassi to take batting practice with them today. A catcher out of Yuba City High, Stassi caught Trevor Cahill’s bullpen session in front of a large group of A’s officials. The A’s really want to sign Stassi, who has gotten rave reviews from scouts. But he’s signed with UCLA, so he has a nice fallback plan. “I’m excited,” said Stassi, who’s being advised by Greg Genske. “Both ways it’s going to be a tough decision. We’re going to get to talking and see where it goes from here.”

Today’s lineups

Kennedy 3B
Cabrera SS
Hairston CF
Holliday LF
Cust DH
Suzuki C
Barton 1B
Sweeney RF
Ellis 2B

Gonzalez LHP

Span CF
Punto SS
Morneau 1B
Cuddyer RF
Kubel DH
Young LF
Harris 3B
Redmond C
Casilla 2B

Blackburn RHP

Joe Stiglich