Carl Steward here from Phoenix Muni Tuesday morning, filling in for Joe Stiglich for a few days.
Man, it’s quiet and peaceful here. I have to fight taking a nap. Aside from the daily medical reports on guys with the usual spring aches and pains, it’s pretty news-less. But that’s a good thing for the A’s, even if it isn’t so good for the 20 or so media folks from Japan following Hideki Matsui’s every twitch. No major dings, no major rows, it’s just a seamless, business-like camp so far. That could change at any time, but for now, Oakland is functioning as a happy, mostly healthy unit.
Oakland has Trevor Cahill on the mound today against San Diego Padres, his third spring outing. He’s still looking for his first sharp one. Here’s the lineup supporting him.
CF Crisp, SS Pennington, 2B Ellis, LF Willingham, C Suzuki, DH Jackson, 1B LaRoche, RF Taylor, 3B Timmons
And here are the Padres, if you care …
DH Venable, 2B Frandsen, 3B Cantu, 1B Guzman, RF Denorfia, CF Maybin, LF Baxter, C R. Johnson, SS Cabrera.
* — Daric Barton: Still nursing a calf contusion but limping far less noticeably. As he noted, he still has some “crampage,” but manager Bob Geren said there’s a decent chance he’ll back in the lineup tomorrow. It’s not a serious injury.
* _ Andrew Bailey. Bounced back well from his simulated outing Monday and is currently penciled to pitch for the first time this spring on Thursday
*_ Craig Breslow. Day-to-day with a mild hamstring strain. Geren isn’t ruling him out of his first spring outing Thursday, but he’s probably more iffy than Bailey.
*_ Ryan Sweeney. Will make his first start Wednesday, the first game he’s played in since July 11 of last year. Sweeney says his right knee, which was operated on to correct patella tendinitis, is feeling great, but the A’s will bring him along slowly at first. After Wednesday, he’ll rest for two days and then play again Saturday.
*_Rich Harden. Harden long-tossed up to 120 feet and reported no ill effects. The A’s will repeat the cycle of two days throwing, then one day off, then try to get Harden back on the mound.
Other observations: Chris Carter and Michael Taylor, the two young phenoms, really aren’t improving their stock much, particularly Taylor, who is 3-for-23 so far this spring. He’ll get another chance today, but he had some big RBI situations Monday and made weak outs.
Even though he made two outfield errors on a windy day Monday — one catching, one throwing — David DeJesus really looks a player. As much as fans liked the departed Rajai Davis, DeJesus is an upgrade just for his hitting ability.
Kevin Kouzamanoff should save some for the season … he’s 6-for-12 so far and stinging the ball virtually every at-bat. Josh Donaldson, one of the A’s stable of promising catchers, is having a nice spring so far (5-for-14, .357)
FYI, I’ll be updating any key game developments at twitter.com/stewardsfolly