It’s mostly good news for the A’s on the injury front as they prepare to take on the Angels tonight in The Big A.
Josh Reddick’s injured right wrist is black and blue and swollen, but he says he’s been able to get range of motion back gradually in the last 48 hours.
Jed Lowrie would be happy to be in the A’s lineup playing anywhere.
To be the shortstop, though, that’s what he longs for. And with Hiro Nakajima on the disabled list, Lowrie has a chance to prove his worth. On Wednesday night, he did just that.
In pre-game workouts, the A’s had two disabled infielders, Adam Rosales and Hiro Nakajima, working out with the team.
Rosales, who has a rib cage injury, isn’t likely to be back soon, but Melvin said that Nakajima was closer and could head out with the team when Oakland flies to Houston Thursday.
That would depend on how Nakajima, dealing with a left hamstring strain, did in workouts this week. And things seemed to go astray when Nakajima walked off the field after only about 10 minutes or so while the rest of his teammates were early into their workout.
After the A’s dispatched the Dodgers 7-4 Sunday, the club sent down second baseman Jemile Weeks and outfielder Shane Peterson.
Those were tough cuts, with Peterson hitting .408 and Weeks hitting .370.
It’s not going to get any easier, but some of the players who will make the team aren’t going to have numbers anywhere close to the numbers of the players just sent down.
One thing this spring has already proven is that it’s not going to be easy for Hiroyuki Nakajima.
He’s in his first year in the U.S. from Japan, and he just doesn’t look comfortable eiher at shortstop or at the plate. How soon he does will determine when, or even if, he claims the starting shortstop job for which the A’s signed him.
Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima
PHOENIX – The A’s could be settled on a starting shortstop/second base combination by mid-March.
Manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that in an ideal world, the congestion up the middle would be cleared out with about two weeks left in the A’s spring training season.
That would give presumed shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima a fortnight in which to create a comfort zone with whichever of the five second base candidates wins the job.
A's lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers in Maryvale
PHOENIX – It’s too much to say that baseball becomes real Saturday with the start of the Cactus League for the A’s.