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.
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.
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).
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.
PHOENIX – You had to feel a bit for A’s reliever/starter Travis Blackley Friday.
Pitching against the Giants, he faced eight hitters. Seven of them reached base, and all of those seven scored.
This is no way to make a baseball roster.
PHOENIX – A’s reliever Grant Balfour’s vow to be back and pitching within four weeks of his meniscus surgery still has two weeks to run.
As is often the case with Balfour, he seems to be ahead of schedule.
PHOENIX – The A’s Jarrod Parker gets his first start of the spring Friday against San Francisco.
For Parker, who will be the last of Oakland’s six potential starting pitchers to get in a game, the start can’t come soon enough.
“I’m ready to go, really ready,’’ he said Thursday morning. “I’m anxious to get out on the mound again.’’
The biggest open secret in A’s camp is a secret no more.
Brett Anderson will be the A’s opening day starter, and as his reward the left-hander gets a Game 1 matchup with Seattle ace Felix Hernandez April 1 in the Coliseum.
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PHOENIX – Chris Young, who is supposed to be in the A’s outfield today against the Padres, won’t be.
Young, who came out of Sunday’s game against the Angels with a slight cramp in his right quad, is being given one more day of rest by manager Bob Melvin. Well, he’s not going to play in the game, anyway.
The sun is mostly still shining on Jason Giambi
PHOENIX – The call didn’t come until February, but when it did come with an invitation to the Cleveland Indians’ spring training camp, it was right on time.
Longtime A’s first baseman Jason Giambi, who just turned 42, said yes when Cleveland called and is likely to be the part-time designated hitter and full-time mentor to the young corps of Indians hitters. He’s just fine with that.
“I’ll be out here until they tear the uniform off me,’’ Giambi said in the visitors’ dugout before Cleveland paid a Cactus League call on the Oakland A’s Monday.
“It’s a good opportunity to get some playing time, and they want me to mentor the young kids, which is something I’d been doing in Colorado anyway. And I love to play ball.’’
Giambi has known Cleveland manager Terry Francona since Francona was managing the Chicago White Sox Double-A Birmingham team on which one Michael Jordan was the star attraction in the mid-1990s. Giambi played for Huntsville at the same time.
“It started then and we really became friends when he was managing Boston and I was with the Yankees,’’ Giambi said. “Nothing’s guaranteed, but it would be great to play for him.’’
Giambi, who has 1,405 career RBIs and 429 homers, needs to have a decent spring to make the team, but Francona has said the opening is there if Giambi grabs it.
Down the line, Giambi is open to coaching or managing when he’s done playing.