I thought the A’s clubhouse was more crowded than usual with some extra reporters here tonight. Then I ducked my head into the Yankees clubhouse … Holy cow, there were probably more media members than there were players. The Yankees still have a pretty huge traveling press corps, and combined with the extra Bay Area media on hand, it’s quite the scene. I’ll be interested to see how many fans show up (and which team they’ll be rooting for) …
–A pretty nice moment just took place down on the field, as A’s relievers Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez were surrounded by the whole Yankee team and given their World Series rings. Both were with New York last season (Gaudin was traded to the Yankees in August). Playing in pinstripes left a pretty big impression on Gaudin, who said he was amazed at the camaraderie when he joined the team. And Ramirez said he’s still tight with Mariano Rivera. I just saw the two of them chatting for a few minutes.
Some news to report as well …
–The A’s activated Trevor Cahill from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento. No surprise there, as all five Oakland starters have looked pretty good so far. Manager Bob Geren said he talked with Cahill about things the young right-hander needs to work on. “Overall strike percentage, we talked about that going up,” Geren said. “A few more ways to combat left-handers — pitching to the inside part of the plate, keep working on his breaking ball …”
–Good news for the A’s, as Mark Ellis, Daric Barton, Cliff Pennington and Ryan Sweeney are all back in the lineup. Ellis had a seven-game layoff with his strained left hamstring.
–Things don’t seem as positive for reliever Michael Wuertz, who told me he’s still shaking off rust during his rehab appearances. Wuertz is on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, and it was thought that maybe a couple of minor league outings might have him ready. But he’s not at that point yet, and he said he’s got to keep reminding himself he doesn’t have nearly enough innings under his belt. “For me, this is about how I normally feel the last couple of weeks of spring training,” he said.
Wuertz will throw again Wednesday for Triple-A Sacramento. “We’ll see how I come out of it,” he said. “If there’s got to be another (rehab outing), there’s got to be another one.”