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Sizemore greatly relieved left hand isn’t broken

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Oakland second baseman Scott Sizemore walked into the A’s clubhouse Monday with his left hand heavily bandaged and carrying a packet of official-looking papers.

Good news or bad news? It turned out to be good. The papers were attached to X-rays that the club had Sizemore get on his left hand early Monday morning.

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Sizemore, A’s hope for the best after he’s hurt again

Talk about a guy who can’t catch a break.

Scott Sizemore is hoping that there is no break in his left hand after being hit by a pitch there in the third inning against Colorado Sunday.

He doesn’t need more time away from the game. Sizemore already lost a full season to ACL surgery last year, and as a result, he’s relegated to fighting for a job this year.

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Former A’s shortstop Walt Weiss finds surprising new home in Colorado dugout.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It was good to catch up for a minute with one of the A’s of an earlier era, Walt Weiss, the new manager of the Colorado Rockies.

Weiss was the shortstop on the 1988 A’s team when he became the third consecutive Oakland player to win Rookie of the Year honors, following in the wake of Jose Canseco (1986) and Mark McGwire (1987).

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Crisp’s neck warmer just a comfort issue

PHOENIX – A’s outfielder Coco Crisp frequently can be seen  around the Oakland clubhouse wearing something that looks like one of those horseshoe-shaped pillows designed for use on an airplane.

It’s not quite what it looks like, though. It’s a neck warmer.

Asked about it Saturday before the game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium against the Rockies, Crisp said it’s just something he likes and has nothing to do with the neck injury currently slowing him.

The switch hitter has some minor neck stiffness, sat out Thursday’s game and came out of Sunday’s game after one at-bat because manager Bob Melvin didn’t want him to have to swing right-handed because that exacerbated the discomfort Crisp was feeling.

In his first two at-bats Saturday he was able to bat lefty against right-handed pitching and came up with a single to right in the first inning and an infield chopper to second base that went for a hit in the third.

Melvin said he would wait and see how Crisp felt as the game went on if a left-handed pitcher was going to force the veteran outfielder to bat from the right side.

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A’s Balfour clears first hurdle by throwing off mound

PHOENIX – A’s closer Grant Balfour threw 25 pitches off a mound Friday morning, his first time to do so since Feb. 14 surgery to remove a bit of meniscus from his right knee.

The right-hander said there was a little bit of residual soreness in the knee but said that things went about as well as he could hope. He now has a full month to get himself ready to be the Oakland ninth-inning guy for the opener April 1.

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