Chavez takes a few swings

Not a ton of news to report before tonight’s series opener against the Angels. Eric Chavez took some swings in the batting cage this afternoon and said he feels good. He just went as long as was comfortable. No need to push things at this point. His schedule for the rest of the week is still being ironed out by the A’s training staff, but it’s possible Chavez could start a rehab assignment when the team leaves for Chicago next week.

Manager Bob Geren said Coco Crisp is supposed to play in a intrasquad game in Arizona a week from now, and will possibly begin a rehab assignment after that.

Adam Rosales is playing shortstop tonight as Geren seeks ways to keep him in the lineup. Cliff Pennington will be back in the lineup tomorrow, Geren said. Jake Fox is playing left field, as Gabe Gross has the day off.

When reporters met with Geren, he wasn’t sure if Andrew Bailey or Michael Wuertz were going to be available for tonight. But I’m guessing with two days off, Bailey should be ready to go. Justin Duchscherer had his left hip surgery this afternoon in Tennessee. No word yet on how it went. 

The lineups

A’s – Davis CF, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Rosales SS, Sweeney RF, Ellis 2B, Cust DH, Fox LF, Sheets P.

Angels – Aybar SS, Kendrick 2B, Abreu RF, Hunter CF, Matsui DH, Napoli 1B, Rivera LF, Frandsen 3B, Wilson C, Kazmir P.

Curtis Pashelka