Michael Wuertz, Joey Devine recovering well; Mark Ellis still sidelined vs. Mariners

How many of you would have guessed that after eight games the A’s would lead the American League in runs (43) and lead the majors in ERA (2.61)? These stats won’t mean too much until we get at least a few weeks into the season, but pretty interesting to ponder nonetheless.

Are you putting much stock into this fast start? Still skeptical? Feel free to sound off …

–Not much pregame news to report tonight. Relievers Michael Wuertz (shoulder) and Joey Devine (elbow) are both recovering well. Wuertz threw 20 pitches today with a batter standing in, and manager Bob Geren said it’s possible Wuertz begins a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento in the next three days. If not, he’ll throw from the mound one more time with the big club before joining the River Cats.

Devine is just about ready to face hitters, but his return is still looking to be sometime in May.

Here’s your A’s lineup, minus Mark Ellis at second base as expected. Ellis said his left hamstring is feeling much better, but Geren said he won’t rush the veteran back into the lineup. Tomorrow’s game is still a question mark …

Davis CF
Barton 1B
Sweeney RF
Kouzmanoff 3B
Suzuki C
Chavez DH
Rosales 2B
Buck LF
Pennington SS

Anderson LHP

Ichiro RF
Figgins 2B
Gutierrez CF
Lopez 3B
Sweeney DH
Bradley LF
Kotchman 1B
Johnson C
Wilson SS

Joe Stiglich

  • Oakland Si

    better to start 6-2, than to start 2-6

  • GalacticGus

    the A’s are like that young scrawney kid who was getting bullied all these years and lacked confidence.. this Kid has sprouted some over the winter and this first week.. knocked out some Bullies teeth.. now he has confidence and does not think of himself any longer as a bottom dweller, but up there with the heavyweights of the league.