Programming Note: For all the news about Manny Ramirez's arrival at A's camp, be sure to watch SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and midnight. Kate Longworth and crew will have all the details.
PHOENIX -- Manny Ramirez has arrived. The free-agent DH will have to serve a 50-game suspension for his positive test for PEDs last season, but for now, Manny is an Athletic, working out with his teammates this morning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
He arrived at 9 a.m. (Arizona time), took some fly balls in the outfield, and then climbed into the batting cage and said jokingly, "I don't remember how to do this."
Shortstop Cliff Pennington was standing nearby and told him, "just like riding a bike." According to Comcast SportsNet producer Colvin Marshall, Manny was spraying the ball to all fields and hit multiple homers to both sides, including three in a row off BP pitcher Mike Gallego.
Stay logged on to Comcast SportsNet California all day long for more from A's spring training, as well as the latest on the arrival of Manny Ramirez to A's camp.
The A's fell to the Angels 8-5 Wednesday night in Anaheim, but the bigger loss was Sean Manaea to a left shoulder injury.
Manaea left after two innings with tightness in his throwing shoulder.
Yonder Alonso was the offensive star for the A's with a home run and three RBI. Matt Joyce added a two-run homer in the eighth.
ANAHEIM — A’s starter Sean Manaea left Wednesday night’s game after two innings with tightness in his throwing shoulder.
It’s a troubling sign for an Oakland rotation that’s already been hit hard by injuries.
The A’s are about to welcome back Kendall Graveman from his own shoulder issue — he’s scheduled to come off the disabled list and pitch Thursday night. Sonny Gray’s return from a lat injury could come next week if he emerges from Thursday’s Triple-A rehab start OK.
But if Manaea goes on the shelf for any period of time, it certainly cancels out a portion of that optimism. The 25-year-old lefty usually sits in the low to mid-90’s with his fastball. Throughout Wednesday’s start, his fastball was in the 88-89 mile-per-hour range, only registering as high as 90 a handful of times. Manaea gave up three runs in the second inning against the Angels. For the season, he’s 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts.
More information should be coming after the game. The A’s trailed the Angels 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.