Greetings from the baseball field/Hollywood movie set that is the Oakland Coliseum …
More “Moneyball” filming took place this afternoon, including a re-creation of the 2002 Opening Day ceremonies. Lots of players caught glimpses of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie playing with their children on the field once afternoon filming was completed. I have yet to spot either myself. But word is, scenes are still being shot throughout the Coliseum this evening. People are getting “Sshhh”‘ed as the doors open at different floors on the press box elevator, so the Hollywood magic is happening somewhere close by.
As for A’s news …
–Andrew Bailey said he’d play catch tomorrow to test his strained rib-cage. That will be the first time in nearly a week that he’s tried throwing. He mentioned Friday as a possible day for him to throw from the mound, but he said the training staff will have the final say on how quickly he progresses. It’s tough to speculate right now on when he’ll come off the DL.
–At long last, outfielder Conor Jackson (strained right hamstring) may be close to playing in games. Manager Bob Geren said Jackson is sprinting now. He’d been doing all baseball activity except running full speed.
–The A’s claimed infielder Jeff Larish off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento. Larish ,27, was a big-time prospect not that long ago, getting named the Tigers’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2007. He can play either corner infield spot. Considering the A’s made room for him on the 40-man roster by designating for assignment Adam Heether — who had been seeing lots of action at third base — perhaps Larish will get playing time there.
A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Kouzmanoff 3B, Ellis 2B, Davis RF, Watson LF, Pennington SS; Mazzaro RHP.
Royals — Getz 2B, Kendall C, Butler 1B, Guillen DH, Betemit 3B, Gordon LF, Maier RF, Betancourt SS, Blanco CF; Davies RHP.