The A’s are listing Scott Sizemore’s injury as a left knee sprain as they await the MRI results. Sizemore was on crutches in the A’s clubhouse and declined to discuss his injury with reporters through a team spokesman. “You don’t want something like that to happen on the first day,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “On top of that, he’s an integral player. You feel bad for him.”
As for third base alternatives if Sizemore is sidelined, Melvin mentioned Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard and catcher Josh Donaldson as the leading candidates. He considers non-roster invitee Wes Timmons in the mix too but added that “Donaldson is probably more of a bat.”
–Melvin had good things to say about Tyson Ross, who threw live batting practice to Manny Ramirez among other hitters. “His ball can disappear with a lot of velocity,” Melvin said. Ross admitted he was a bit nervous when Ramirez dug in — he bounced his first pitch — but Ramirez only made solid contact on one pitch. “I’ve pitched against him in video games, but this was the first time live,” Ross said.