Dallas Braden said he’ll play catch tomorrow and tentatively throw off flat ground in an attempt to get ready for a possible start Saturday against Cleveland.
Braden said a major problem in his progression is that he feels like he’s starting from square one every time he wakes up. He’s tried heating pads and anti-inflammatories at night before he goes to bed to help feel better once he starts his day, but the elbow has almost always been a little stiff. Bob Geren said if things go well for Braden tomorrow, he’ll be the likely starter on Saturday.
Brett Anderson threw 40 pitches off a mound on Monday in Phoenix with hitters standing in the box but not swinging. The next step for Anderson will be to pitch again on Friday or Saturday (there seems to some confusion) with hitters possibly swinging.
Ryan Sweeney is back in right field for the A’s, with Coco Crisp in center and Conor Jackson in left. Gabe Gross is the DH tonight as Jack Cust sits for a second straight day. Geren said it’s a matchup thing with Kevin Millwood. Gross is 5-for-6 with a homer against Millwood, and Cust is just 4-for-23 with 12 K’s. Geren said Cust will be in there tomorrow against Jake Arrieta.
BTW, an absolutely gorgeous night for baseball here at Camden Yards. About 75 degrees, slight breeze, relatively low humidity. Is this Baltimore or Walnut Creek?
A’s – Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Jackson LF, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Sweeney RF, Ellis 2B, Gross DH, Pennington SS, Sheets P.
O’s – Patterson LF, Tejada 3B, Markakis RF, Wigginton 1B, Scott DH, Jones CF, Wieters C, Moore 2B, Izturis SS, Millwood P.