It poured rain in the Phoenix area on Saturday night, but there’s no showers in the forecast this afternoon and the A’s exhibition opener against the Chicago Cubs is on. Just a couple items of note this morning:
–Right fielder David DeJesus is not feeling well so he’s not playing. Matt Carson is in right field.
The A’s lineup:
–Steve Tolleson is a more experienced shortstop than Eric Sogard, and we might expect to see those two flip-flopped in the middle infield spots. But Bob Geren said he wants to get a good look at how Sogard handles shortstop in the exhibitions as he decides on a backup infielder. “I just haven’t seen Sogard play there,” Geren said. “I think whoever is going to play shortstop the best is probably going to win that job.”
As for the starting shortstop, Geren said Cliff Pennington probably won’t hit in a game for about a week, but he could play a couple innings defensively and be removed for a pinch hitter.
–Trevor Cahill, Josh Outman, Tyson Ross and Bobby Cramer are all scheduled to throw two innings each today if all goes according to plan. They’d be on a 35-40 pitch limit.
Check out today’s story on Chris Carter and Michael Taylor if you haven’t yet. I usually try to post a link to it on twitter the night before it gets published, but I didn’t get a chance to last night.
If there’s any big news in today’s game, I’ll post it here so check back!!