In for Joe Stiglich one more day …
Not much of a surprise after the last two days, but the A’s elected to keep Graham Godfrey on the roster as their No. 4 starter and send Tyson Ross to Triple-A Sacramento to get down to the 25-man roster limit. Ross could be back on April 17 when the A’s need a fifth starter, but it’s not a sure thing. The former Bishop O’Dowd High and Cal standout started the spring very strongly but got knocked around pretty good in an exhibition in Japan, and was shaky Tuesday night against the Giants. Godfrey, meanwhile, had his best two performances of the spring in the final two, which manager Bob Melvin said was the deciding factor.
Ross was disappointed, but understands he needs to sharpen his secondary pitches. The challenge for him will be staying at No. 5 and holding off Brad Peacock and Jarrod Parker, who were also in the mix for the No. 4 and No. 5 spots throughout spring. Ross knows he’s not guaranteed anything, but he does have the inside track on coming back as long as he doesn’t flame out with Sacto. Don’t be surprised if the A’s do a lot of juggling with the No. 4 and 5 spots this year. Godfrey will have to pitch well to keep his job, too, but right now he’s the clear No. 4 behind Brandon McCarthy, Bartolo Colon and Tommy Milone.
It was a quiet day for the A’s compared to the Giants, who had to make 9 roster moves to Oakland’s 1.
Shortstop Cliff Pennington will probably take the full day off to rest his tight groin. He told me he could play if it was a regular season game and that he’s pretty close to 100 percent, but doesn’t need the at-bats and wants to be fully healthy for the home opener Friday night.
No word yet on RHP Joey Devine’s MRI to determine what’s causing his chronic flexor tendinitis.
The Giants consented to allow the A’s to use the DH today even though they’re playing in a National League park. Kurt Suzuki gets the nod with Anthony Recker behind the plate.
Yoenis Cespedes has settled into a pattern of mashing at least one ball per game. I’m going on record: This guy’s going to hit 30-plus HRs (hey, only 29 to go) as long as he stays healthy. He’s already established that you can’t miss one of his at-bats.