Thought I’d switch things up and pose a question for you. One of the A’s big decisions will be whether to keep Jake Fox or Eric Patterson on the 25-man roster. Both can play multiple positions and both are out of options. Of course, nothing says the team has to keep either one.
Who would you prefer? Fox has more pop in his bat and can serve as a third catcher. Patterson is faster so he’s more of a threat on the bases. I think Patterson better fits the mold of what the A’s are trying to do — be an aggressive baserunning team that relies on its speed to create runs. But you could point to that philosophy as a reason why they should keep Fox — he can provide power for a team that may not have enough of it.
–Cliff Pennington has made a strong case to retain the starting shortstop job with his play this spring, particularly in the second half of camp. I asked manager Bob Geren if Pennington has done enough to win the job. While he was careful not to be too definitive, Geren did say: “If you’re asking if I’m pleased with the way he’s played, I’d say yes. He’s done everything well.” If Pennington starts, the A’s have to decide whether to keep Adam Rosales on the roster as a utility player. But keeping either Fox or Patterson likely would squeeze Rosales out of a spot.
–Checked in w/Michael Wuertz this morning. He said he was relieved that he only has tendinitis in his right shoulder, but he won’t try to rush back by April 10, the first day he’d be eligible to come off the DL. He’ll fly north with the team, but he might come back to Phoenix and pitch in extended spring training. He said the key is knowing when he’s ready to pitch on back-to-back days.
–Eric Chavez said he’ll play three innings at third base tomorrow against the Reds, which will be his first appearance there this spring.
–Today’s lineup against the White Sox: