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A’s hold first full-squad workout; Rickey Henderson showing up tomorrow

Not a ton to report as A’s take the field for first full-squad workout. The routine has been switched up this spring. Pitcher/catcher workouts were over at Phoenix Muni Stadium. The full squad will work out today through Monday at Papago, and then things shift back to Phoenix Muni starting Tuesday. …

–Rickey Henderson will show up tomorrow as a special instructor for base running and stay through Tuesday, we’ve been told. So if you want to catch a glimpse, he’s at Papago Saturday-Monday, and Muni on Tuesday. A’s manager Bob Geren said he wants anybody who might steal a base to work with Henderson. I had previously been told that Rickey would be here today. Sorry for any confusion …

–Geren gave his annual speech to the full squad before the first workout. He stressed the offseason additions that he believes have made the club better, and the strong second-half stretch the A’s had last season. “Everybody in our division got better. It’s going to be a competitive, tight division.”

Commenting on the vibe surrounding his club right now, Geren added: “I think expectations are up with everybody.”

–Unlike past offseasons, Geren didn’t brainstorm possible lineups or batting orders. He knew there was a chance the A’s could continue adding players throughout the winter (which they did), so for a while he wasn’t sure what hand he’d be dealt. The up-in-the-air status of Eric Chavez also is a wild card. “I still really haven’t (thought about the lineup) too much. A lot is going to depend on Eric — how healthy he is and where he can play.”

The skipper did say he wants his speed guys at the top of the order (think Rajai and Coco, or vice versa).

–Pitchers are throwing live batting practice today. But on the first day, there usually aren’t many swings taken, as hitters are just getting used to tracking the ball from the pitcher’s hand to the glove. Still, every new wrinkle in the daily routine adds a bit of variety, so I’ll be checking it out. … I’ll blog or tweet anything good.

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That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • http://www.mysportshangover.com Jamey Van Dyke

    Dont think it can hurt at all having Rickey involved with the speed guys. Hoping he can teach how to steal a base not just relying on speed. Its about studying the pitcher, and learning when to take the bag. Looking forward to some stolen bases.