It’s a slow news day in A’s land.
Here’s the starting nine vs. the Indians, who have former Athletics Travis Buck and Jack Hannahan in their lineup:
–Chris Carter is playing first base just a day after manager Bob Geren said he’d stay primarily in the outfield. But things are pretty fluid w/spring training lineups. Daric Barton is still only playing every other day and Conor Jackson played the past two days at first and is getting a rest. That leaves Carter as the remaining option to play first (Sean Doolittle, another young prospect, isn’t game-ready yet as he comes back from knee surgery).
–Other updates: Shortstop Cliff Pennington’s debut likely will be Sunday, when the A’s play split-squad games against the Padres in Peoria and the Brewers at home in Phoenix. Andrew Bailey and Craig Breslow will throw to hitters Friday, and Michael Wuertz will throw off the mound Thursday. Outfielder Ryan Sweeney should make his exhibition debut sometime early next week. …
That’s all, short and sweet for this morning …