Cliff Pennington doing much better, targeting possible Friday return

The news looks much better regarding A’s shortstop Cliff Pennington, who was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy last night. Pennington woke up feeling much better today, and said he can close his left eye and blink. He likely won’t play until Friday’s series opener at Tampa Bay, at the earliest. But both he and manager Bob Melvin were breathing a sigh of relief. Bell’s palsy is a nerve condition that causes partial facial paralysis, and Pennington left last night’s game with numbness on the left side of his face.

“I can blink, I can close,” Pennington said. “I’m still numb, but it’s night and day from yesterday. I’m going to do everything normal (as far as baseball activity). I’m going to keep going like normal, except I’m not playing.”

Because he was having trouble keeping his left eye closed last night, he put trainer’s tape over his eye so he could sleep. “I was so tired from stress that I slept great,” he said.

–To provide depth on the bench, the A’s recalled infielder Adam Rosales from Triple-A and designated reliever Jerry Blevins for assignment. Again, this DFA is procedural for Blevins because he has more than three years’ service time in the majors. He has to pass through optional waivers before being sent down. He is still on the 40-man roster and won’t be going anywhere.

Your lineups:
A’s — Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui LF, Willingham DH, Sweeney RF, Jackson 1B, Suzuki C, Sogard SS, Sizemore 3B; Harden RHP.

Mariners — Ichiro RF, Ryan SS, Ackley 2B, Carp DH, Kennedy 3B, Olivo C, Smoak 1B, Wells LF, Gutierrez CF; Hernandez RHP.

Joe Stiglich