We finally got some wireless Internet issues cleared up here in the press box, so on with the blogging …
Here’s the pregame happenings as the A’s play the Giants in their final exhibition of the spring:
–Center fielder Coco Crisp had x-rays on his pinky, but they won’t be reviewed by a doctor until later today. He’s cautiously hopeful that he can play in Monday’s season opener. “Hopefully by Monday, everything will be well enough to play, no worries,” he said. “If I’m not able to play Monday, probably a couple days after that.” Jack Cust is starting in left field today with Rajai Davis playing center and Eric Chavez at DH.
Crisp said it wasn’t his head-first slide that caused the injury last night. Juan Uribe whacked his finger on the tag, and Crisp said he got up to find his pinky was bent at a 90-degree angle.
“Sexxaayyy,” Crisp joked in describing his finger.
–The A’s won’t announce their cuts until after the game. That’s also when we’ll find out who the fifth starter is. Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill are both throwing today. It’s hard for me to believe that everything is really riding on this outing. The A’s must go into the game with a pretty good idea about who they want in the rotation. These guys have been evaluated for about six weeks now …
Relievers Brad Kilby and Henry Rodriguez have already received the news they’re going down. Kilby was gone from the clubhouse this morning, and Rodriguez was still in street clothes after his teammates took the field. Both said goodbye to teammates. This leaves the possibility that right-hander Tyson Ross will make the team. The only other scenario is if the loser of the fifth starter competition goes to the bullpen.
Why haven’t you heard me mention Ross in the bullpen mix? The same reason you didn’t hear me mention Andrew Bailey last spring. He’s been impressive, but it’s been under-the-radar impressive. Ross was drafted in the second round in 2008 and has just one full year in the minors. This would make quite a story, as Ross attended Bishop O’Dowd High School and Cal …
Today’s A’s lineup: