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Thoughts on A’s fifth starter, bullpen situations

Chad Gaudin joined the A’s on the field this morning, wearing his same No. 57 as his first stint w/the team. That’s fitting, because Gaudin’s favorite response when I used to ask him about his role with the A’s was: “Hey, I’m just Employee No. 57.” That was his version of “no comment.”

We haven’t talked to Gaudin yet about his role with the team, and manager Bob Geren wouldn’t discuss his new reliever yet either. The move still hasn’t officially been announced by the team, but when the player is actually on the field participating in workouts, there’s nothing to keep under wraps anymore. …

–Michael Wuertz is seeing a doctor right now, and we should get more word on his condition later today. That will shed some light on how big a role (if any) that relievers such as Gaudin, Jerry Blevins, Brad Kilby, , Jason Jennings, Edwar Ramirez and Henry Rodriguez might play.

–So Gio Gonzalez starts against Seattle today, and Trevor Cahill is going in a minor league game. How much should we read into this? One school of thought says the A’s are leaning toward Cahill, if they feel content w/him throwing against minor league hitters at this stage of camp. But I think it’s more likely the A’s just consider Cahill more of a known quantity because he was in the rotation for all of 2009. I’d say the A’s brass needs a better read on Gonzalez against major league competition. Geren acknowledged this morning he’s eager to see Gonzalez against a Mariners lineup that features lots of regulars today.

A’s lineup:
Crisp CF
Davis LF
Sweeney RF
Kouzmanoff 3B
Cust DH
Ellis 2B
Barton 1B
Fox C
Pennington SS

Gotta run back down to the field. That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich