By Joe Stiglich
Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at 9:42 am in 2011 Spring Training.
Here’s both lineups for the A’s split-squad games against the Brewers and Padres:
vs. Brewers (home)
vs. Padres (away)
**Shortstop Cliff Pennington makes his Cactus League debut after sitting out until now while recovering from left shoulder surgery. A switch hitter, Pennington’s shoulder still bothers him a bit swinging right-handed. The Padres are throwing a right-handed starter, so Geren is playing him in that game so he can swing left-handed. “He’s more ready from the left side than the right.”
Pennington is slated for two or three at-bats, and he’ll likely play every other day to start out. It’s worth watching how he progresses given the lack of depth at shortstop with Adam Rosales also injured. Speaking of Rosales, he’s out of his walking boot and throwing and taking grounders on his knees, but his right foot isn’t ready for full activity yet. He’ll visit the doctor March 16 to get a timetable for when he can hit the field full-on …