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Oakland A’s sign Brett Tomko, Jason Jennings to minor league contracts

The A’s were right to push their workout time back a few hours today, but they still can’t escape the rain. It’s coming down pretty good right now, and pitchers were playing catch but just headed indoors.

The position players went over to Papago to get in some batting practice. Then later today, they’ll return to Phoenix Muni for some live BP, assuming the rain lets up. Not sure that’s gonna happen …

Anyway, on to the day’s news …

The A’s signed pitchers Brett Tomko and Jason Jennings to minor league contracts. You’re familiar w/Tomko from his stellar work in Oakland last year. He’s still rehabbing the irritated nerve in his right arm and will report to A’s minor league camp. Bob Geren was told Tomko could be ready sometime in May.

Jennings, the 2002 NL Rookie of the Year, arrived at A’s camp this morning and said he’s ready to serve whatever role is available. Jennings was a starter with Colorado, Houston and in his first year in Texas in 2008, but the Rangers used him out of the ‘pen last year. Geren mentioned Jennings will be stretched out for possible starting, long relief or middle relief work. I’d consider him a right-handed version of Lenny DiNardo, a swingman who can fill in as needed. Jennings said he’s recovered from elbow problems that plagued him from 2006-08.

Wow, the rain is coming down hard and it looks nasty out there. I think I’m in Phoenix but it could be Seattle …

Joe Stiglich