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.’’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Craig Gentry is leading off Saturday in a lineup that manager Bob Melvin said could closely resemble the Opening Night lineup.
A’s manager Bob Melvin planned to announce the team’s roster moves to the players following batting practice before Saturday’s exhibition finale with the Giants and make that information public after the game.
Melvin said Saturday’s lineup will closely resemble the plans for Monday’s opener against the Texas Rangers, with possibly one change.
Here’s a look at the lineup: Continue Reading
Manager Bob Melvin said the A’s played “just a bad game for us overall” on Friday night in a 4-0 loss to the Giants.
The A’s eight-game spring winning streak is over. Oh. The Horror.
Of course, nobody is going to fret about that. The A’s lost 4-0 to the Giants on Friday night in what manager Bob Melvin called, “just a bad game for us overall.”
“We’ve been swinging the bats, we’ve been playing great defense, we’ve been getting great pitching,” Melvin said. “We just didn’t play a very good game today.” Continue Reading
Scott Kazmir finished a strong spring with six solid innings in a win against the Giants on Thursday night.
Scott Kazmir closed out a second straight strong spring training for the A’s on Thursday night with six sharp innings in Oakland’s 8-2 win over the Giants.
He allowed four hits and one run (on an Angel Pagan solo home run) and watched his ERA raise slightly from 0.75 to 1.00. Afterwards, he said the might’ve been the best he’s ever felt coming out of spring training.
“In the past, I’ve had one or two pitches really working and other stuff I’m still working on,” Kazmir said. “This spring, I felt like out of the gates, I had a good feel for everything.” Continue Reading
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.