Joey Devine’s status unknown for Japan trip

After some technical difficulties with the blog, here’s a Joey Devine update …

He first started feeling soreness in his right biceps during his last outing March 8, and it got worse immediately after that game. But he’s played catch the past few days, and manager Bob Melvin said the plan is to get Devine on the mound Sunday to test him out. If that goes well, he could get in a game Tuesday. Melvin wants the reliever to get into at least one more exhibition here in Arizona before determining whether he can contribute during the season-opening Japan series. The A’s can take 30 players total to Japan but must pare down to a 25-man roster for both games against the Mariners. They come back from Japan and play four more exhibitions in the Bay Area, so figure there will be more roster tinkering before the regular season resumes April 6 against Seattle. The A’s may play it safe with Devine and keep him in Phoenix when the team goes to Japan, just to make sure he rehabs well and is fully recovered. “That’s certainly one of the options,” Melvin said.

Devine said he’s experiencing inflammation in his arm that has been somewhat common since his Tommy John surgery in April 2009. “It’s a long season, I’m just gonna go out and try to get it right as soon as possible,” Devine said. “I’m the first to realize that plane (for Tokyo) takes off in a week.”

Joe Stiglich