Chavez needs more time; Ellis sits

Eric Chavez will not start tomorrow for Sacramento, as Bob Geren said Chavez “doesn’t feel he’s ready, and is taking a couple of days off for his body.” Chavez, who was not seen in the visitors clubhouse this morning, will be reevaluated early this week. Geren wouldn’t say if Chavez is again having neck problems, but regardless, this doesn’t exactly qualify as good news for the A’s.

It remains to be seen when Coco Crisp will play again, but it’ll probably be in the next day or two. Geren said Crisp’s rib cage feels good, but that he’s come down with a small case of the flu. Geren said when Crisp is feeling better, he’ll play in Sacramento. Earlier, the plan for Crisp was to play a simulated game in Arizona.  

Mark Ellis is not in the lineup today, as Geren said it was because it was a day game after a night game. The A’s play two day games after night games on the upcoming trip, so we’ll see if the same holds true for those dates. Adam Rosales starts at second, with Cliff Pennington at short.

Geren confirmed this morning that the A’s will start Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and Dallas Braden, in that order, for the Cubs series, and Dallas Braden and Ben Sheets for the first two games of the Cardinals series — giving Dallas and Ben a bit more time to rest. Geren said Brett Anderson will begin throwing this Friday, which is two weeks from the time he saw a doctor and was diagnosed with tendonitis in his left elbow. Anderson, as of now, will not join the A’s on their trip.

The lineups:

A’s — Davis CF, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust LF, Rosales 2B, Powell C, Pennington SS, Mazzaro P.

Giants — Torres CF, Sandoval 3B, Huff RF, Uribe SS, Burrell LF, Posey 1B, Molina C, Downs 2B, Cain P.

Curtis Pashelka