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Bartolo Colon scratched from Thursday start with finger blister; Brad Peacock takes his place

The latest from Phoenix Muni, as the A’s head off to Surprise to face the Texas Rangers …

Bartolo Colon was scratched from Thursday’s start because of a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand. It’s not considered serious, and manager Bob Melvin says Colon will pitch Friday, either in a Cactus League night game against the Seattle Mariners or perhaps a simulated game. The tentative plan would have Colon making his final spring start March 21 against the Kansas City Royals. He’s scheduled to pitch the A’s second regular-season game March 29 against the Mariners in Tokyo. Brad Peacock will start today in his place.

In other news, Melvin said Daric Barton would play first base for the first time this spring on Saturday’s split-squad day, either against the Giants in Scottsdale or the Chicago Cubs in Phoenix. That’s provided things go well for him Thursday. Barton has been slowed as he recovers from surgery on his throwing shoulder. He made his spring debut Monday at designated hitter and is serving as D.H. again Thursday. Melvin hasn’t ruled Barton out of the running for the first base job, but considering the team he has missed, it’s possible he begins the season in extended spring training.

Joe Stiglich