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Reddick ready for a road trip; still a long road for Parker

Josh Reddick is on track to be back in the A's lineup in right field come Saturday.

Josh Reddick is on track to be back in the A’s lineup in right field come Saturday.

One of the perks of being a major League player is the first-class travel that comes with it.

The clubs fly roomy charter planes, and when players travel alone, they get booked into first class.

So what’s with Josh Reddick? He’s going to play one game for Class-A Stockton Thursday as the season opens in San Bernardino. He’s going to drive down Wednesday, drive back Friday and be in Oakland, and presumably in the lineup Saturday.

“I’ve got a real comfortable ride,’’ Reddick said of his truck, which he said he had custom built. “I wouldn’t want to be down in San Bernardino without a car, and I don’t much like rental cars.’’

He doesn’t much like being on the disabled list either, but Reddick likes the way his body is responding after he suffered a right oblique strain five weeks ago.

“I feel great; I don’t feel it pinch,’’ Reddick said after taking some swings against another man on the disabled list, Jarrod Parker. “I said when I was first injured that it wasn’t as bad as the last time I hurt my oblique, and it’s nice to know I was right.’’

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Cody Ross could be a short-term replacement for Coco Crisp

Veteran corner outfielder Cody Ross, put on waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend, could be joining the outfield-deprived A’s in the next couple of days, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal at Fox.

The A’s have expressed some interest in Ross with left fielder Coco Crisp on the disabled list for about eight more weeks, and he would be an inexpensive pickup.

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A’s say their home run power isn’t to be underrated

Stephen Vogt likek the A's power potential after he and Ben Zobrist went deep in opening win over Texas Monday.

Stephen Vogt likes the A’s power potential after he and Ben Zobrist went deep in opening win over Texas Monday.

The A’s are missing all kinds of power that was in the lineup last year, so much so that prognosticators make Oakland’s lack of grenade-launching ability the key point in why the A’s will struggle to succeed this year.

So in the first game of the season, the A’s get a couple of home runs, score eight times and generally have a day where runs flow like California rivers used to.

It would be easy to dismiss the offense by saying it was just one game, but the A’s led the Major Leagues with 22 wins this spring, leading all clubs with 199 runs scored. Among Cactus League teams, the A’s ranked third with 33 homers.

So it’s not like Monday night was a one-time thing.

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Hahn wants to steal a little something from Gray’s playbook plus assorted opening notes from A’s opener with Rangers

Jesse Hahn will watch Monday's game with an idea of seeing what works for Sonny Gray against the Rangers.

Jesse Hahn will watch Monday’s game with an idea of seeing what works for Sonny Gray against the Rangers.

Jesse Hahn will be watching Sonny Gray tonight with a more discerning eye than most.

Hahn is starting the season’s second game Tuesday against the Rangers for Oakland, and he wants to see how A’s opening day starter Gray gets it done to take what he can from the performance.

Both are right-handed, but where Gray goes to his fastball first, Hahn is a sinker specialist. That doesn’t mean there isn’t something to learn.

“I’ll be looking to see what works for him,’’ Hahn said before Monday’s opener. “There are a lot of differences between us and the way we throw, but we are both aggressive and try to get outs early in the count by attacking hitters.

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Canha feels `awesome’ after making A’s opening day roster; Five, including Zito, sent down as club gets to 25 man limit

Mark Canha, who went from Bellarmine Prep to Cal, is a big leaguer for the first time, getting put on the A's roster Saturday.

Mark Canha, who went from Bellarmine Prep to Cal, is a big leaguer for the first time, getting put on the A’s roster Saturday.

After putting in five years of hard labor in the minor leagues, Mark Canha hit the mother lode Saturday when A’s manager Bob Melvin told him he’d made the team.

“It was an awesome feeling,’’ the Bellarmine Prep and Cal product said. A Rule 5 draftee who was in the Florida organization last year, he would have had to have been offered back to the Marlins if he hadn’t stuck, so his making the team has been a foregone conclusion for a couple of weeks.

It’s not official until it’s official, however, and Saturday it became official.

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A’s will wait before establishing timetable for Crisp’s return

Coco Crisp had wlbow surgery Friday and could be lost to the team for 6-8 weeks.

Coco Crisp had elbow surgery Friday and could be lost to the team for 6-8 weeks.

The A’s aren’t putting forth a timetable yet for a return for left fielder Coco Crisp after the veteran leadoff hitter had surgery on his right elbow Friday in San Francisco.

A’s trainer Nick Paparesta, who sat in on the surgery performed by A’s orthopedist Dr. Jon Dickinson, said the 35-minute surgery to remove bone chips and clean out the elbow went well and that the club would have an idea of when Crisp might return after 10-14 days of physical therapy and rehab.

Typical recovery times for players having similar surgeries go from 6-8 weeks. Crisp has said he’d like to be back more quickly than that.

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Zito convinced he can start in a Major League rotation, but he’s not sure what he’d do if the only offer was in the minors

Barry Zito had his streak of consecutive innings without a run allowed end at 13 Tuesday, but he feels good about the way he's pitched.

Barry Zito had his streak of consecutive innings without a run allowed end at 13 Tuesday, but he feels good about the way he’s pitched.

Barry Zito ended the Cactus League season with a 5.03 ERA, and that doesn’t bare much resemblance to the way Zito pitched this spring.

Before giving up seven runs in the third and fourth innings combined in a 13-10 win over the Angels, Zito stretched his streak of consecutive innings without allowing a run to 13. Before the Angels got eight hits and seven runs off him in his four innings, Cactus League batters were hitting .135 against him.

So believe Zito when he says the one awful inning — three homers from the Angels first five hitters in the third — doesn’t negate what he’s done all spring.

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Crisp seems likely to start the season on the disabled list

Coco Crisp played four innings in a camp game and went 0-for-3 with a walk. Jury is out on his availability for Opening Day.

Coco Crisp played four innings in a camp game and went 0-for-3 with a walk. Jury is out on his availability for Opening Day.

April 11 could be a big day for the A’s.

Already Josh Reddick is looking at it as the day he comes off the disabled list and will be eligible to play in a Major League game.

And now it seems the same is true for Coco Crisp, who inched closer to the disabled list when his elbow didn’t respond as well as hoped Tuesday in Mesa in a minor league game.

Players who have not appeared in a big league game since March 27, a group that includes both Reddick and Crisp, are eligible to have their time on the disabled list post-dated so that they’re eligible to play after just five games missed.

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Crisp tests elbow, still isn’t sure about playing in opener

Coco Crisp played four innings in a camp game and went 0-for-3 with a walk. Jury is out on his availability for Opening Day.

Coco Crisp played four innings in a camp game Tuesday and went 0-for-3 with a walk. Jury is out on his availability for Opening Day.

Coco Crisp tested his right elbow in a camp game at the A’s Fitch Park facility down the street from Hohokam Stadium, and the results for the Oakland left fielder were, to say the least, mixed.

It wasn’t so much that Crisp went 0-for-3 with a walk, a grounder, a called third strike and a soft liner. It’s that when he left after his scheduled four at-bats he offered this when asked if he thought he’d be ready for opening day:

“I don’t know,’’ he said. He only played four innings, leading off the top of each inning in a completely informal game designed for Crisp and relievers Dan Otero and Eric O’Flaherty to get some work in.

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A’s are scattered all over Valley one day before heading home

Coco Crisp will get swings but won't play defense Tuesday morning in A's minor league camp.

Coco Crisp will get swings but won’t play defense Tuesday morning in A’s minor league camp.

One day before the A’s fly as a group back to the Bay Area for the Bay Bridge Series and then the start of the season, the A’s find themselves scattered around the Valley of the Sun.

Because of their desire to have left fielder Coco Crisp (right elbow) and Josh Reddick (right oblique) play in a more contained manner Tuesday, they will have them play in a camp game in Mesa’s Fitch Park against minor leaguers beginning at 10 a.m. Crisp will be limited to swinging a bat in this, his first day of game-like activity since hurting his elbow and subsequently having a cortisone shot.

For players who are further along, like starting pitcher Sonny Gray and catcher Josh Phegley will play in the Triple-A Game about an hour later against minor leaguers of the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale.

And then bulk of the team will be in Tempe to play the Angels with Barry Zito getting his last spring start in an effort to extending his streak of scoreless innings past its current 11 and, along the way, perhaps land a job in the big leagues. There are expected to be scouts from teams looking to add pitching on hand.

The A’s don’t have a big league job for him, and it’s not clear if the former Cy Young Award winner would be willing to begin the season in the minor leagues.

Normally, manager Bob Melvin would try to take in parts of all minor league games before heading to the Cactus League game. But he’ll likely settle for watching Crisp and Reddick and then the Zito-led semi-regulars after that.

“We’re a little bit scattered today,’’ Melvin said. “There’s a lot going on.’’

Wednesday will be the opposite. With the team scheduled to fly out of Phoenix late in the afternoon, players will be allowed to arrive at the ballpark late so as to finish last-minute packing. The Cactus League finale against the Angels in Mesa’s Hohokam Stadium will be moved up from 1:05 p.m. to 12:05 p.m. to facilitate an early departure.

It’s been a long six-plus weeks and “we’re all anxious to get going,’’ Melvin said.