Checking in on the A’s first split-squad day. I’ll be watching their game in Phoenix against the Angels. Looking forward to seeing Brad Peacock on the mound for the first time. He’ll have to deal with Albert Pujols, who is hitting third for the Angels. …
Daric Barton will be shut down for three days after getting a cortisone shot in his right biceps, and manager Bob Melvin acknowledged it’s going to be tough for Barton to win the first base job as things are playing out. “Certainly he’s going to have to be able to throw and play first base, and it’s going to be a little bit longer to come,” Melvin said Monday. “I don’t want to rule anything out at this point, but you can count the days.” It appears the first base battle is a three-man race between Brandon Allen, Chris Carter and Kila Ka’aihue.
In other injury news, utility infielder Adam Rosales has been slowed by a sore left shoulder after losing his balance and falling last week at the team’s practice facility. He has yet to play in a game but Melvin said Rosales should see a couple of innings of action Monday. Rosales was not on either lineup sheet for the games against the Angels and Cubs.
Melvin isn’t revealing much about his outfield plans, saying he’s waiting until Yoenis Cespedes is closer to playing in his first game. That’s likely to be in five days or so, according to what Cespedes said Sunday. Melvin said he doesn’t see any urgency in getting Coco Crisp time in left field. If the A’s decide Cespedes will be their opening day center fielder, Crisp likely would move to left. “I’m confident if we had to do something with Coco in left that he’d be able to handle it very quickly,” Melvin said. “But we’re not close on that yet.”
I’m not ruling out the possibility of Crisp staying in center and Cespedes playing right field, with Josh Reddick or Seth Smith in left. So far, Smith has played left and Reddick has been in right. But Melvin said he wants them to get time in both corner spots.