A’s notes: Michael Taylor impresses Bob Geren; rain could threaten game vs. Angels

After an extended period of sunshine and true spring training-type weather, the clouds are back. There’s a 50% or higher chance of rain this afternoon in the Phoenix area, so it’s questionable whether the A’s-Angels game in Tempe gets played. The A’s are taking BP right now and preparing like normal.

If they do play, you can catch a tape delayed broadcast of the game at 4 p.m. (West Coast time) on the MLB Network.

–Eric Patterson took four stitches above his left eye after a bad-hop grounder caught him during yesterday’s game. He was playing second base at the time. He’s being held out today but is cleared to return tomorrow.

–Blue-chip outfield prospect Michael Taylor has not disappointed so far. A’s manager Bob Geren said he’s been impressed with Taylor both at the plate and in the field. This guy is listed at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, and he seems to move pretty well for someone that big. He’s made a couple of nice plays in left field so far. That athleticism was part of the draw for the A’s when they dealt Brett Wallace to Toronto to get him.

–Brett Anderson takes the mound for his first spring start today, weather permitting. He wants to incorporate a change-up into his repertoire against righties, so we’ll see if he tries it out today … A big Japanese media contingent is expected for today’s game as Hideki Matsui is slated to make his Angels debut …

A’s lineup:
Davis CF
Ellis 2B
Suzuki C
Kouzmanoff 3B
Chavez 1B
Cust DH
Taylor LF
Buck RF
Rosales SS

Anderson P

Joe Stiglich

  • I want to see Taylor so bad. Im very excited about this guy. Look at his last 2 season stats in the minors. .334 avg, 39 HR, 167 RBI, 36 SB. This kid has power, and all around hitting ability. Exactly what the A’s need. Get this kid up NOW, and let him play. Im pretty sure he is better than Travis Buck, or Eric Patterson, as well as the long term solution in the outfield. Get him in.