A's option Peacock, Figueroa to finalize travel roster

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A's option Peacock, Figueroa to finalize travel roster

The Oakland A's have finalized their 30-man travel roster for their trip to Japan after optioning right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock and left-handed pitcher Pedro Figueroa to Triple-A Sacramento.The A's announced the roster moves in separate media releases Tuesday.Peacock, acquired in the Gio Gonzalez trade this offseason, struggled to the tune of a 12.86 ERA after allowing 10 earned runs in seven spring innings.Figueroa went 1-0 with six scoreless appearances for the A's this spring.The A's travel roster for the season-opening series in Japan against the Seattle Mariners includes 27 players from the 40-man roster and three non-roster invitees.Below is the full travel roster:PITCHERS (14)50 Grant Balfour
13 Jerry Blevins
38 Andrew Carignan
21 Bartolo Coln
48 Ryan Cook
60 Fautino De Los Santos
40 Brian Fuentes
45 Graham Godfrey
32 Brandon McCarthy
57 Tommy Milone
77 Jordan Norberto
66 Tyson Ross
39 Travis Schlichting
58 Evan Scribner
CATCHERS (2)26 Anthony Recker
8 Kurt Suzuki
INFIELDERS (8)

14 Brandon Allen
20 Josh Donaldson
25 Kila Kaaihue
2 Cliff Pennington
7 Adam Rosales
28 Eric Sogard
17 Wes Timmons
19 Jemile Weeks
OUTFIELDERS (6)52 Yoenis Cspedes
12 Collin Cowgill
4 Coco Crisp
31 Jonny Gomes
16 Josh Reddick
15 Seth Smith
Indicates non-roster invitee

A's 17-year-old prospect 'Lazarito' makes Cactus League debut

A's 17-year-old prospect 'Lazarito' makes Cactus League debut

Lazaro Armenteros, the A’s 17-year-old stud outfield prospect better known as “Lazarito,” is believed to have become the youngest player in franchise history to appear in a Cactus League game.

Armenteros entered at the DH spot in the eighth against the Dodgers and went 0-for-2, flying out to right-center and popping up to shallow center. With the A’s short on position players, Armenteros was brought over from minor league camp and got a little exposure to the big league environment.

“He’s quite athletic, and I know they love him over there” at minor league camp, A's manager Bob Melvin recently said.

Armenteros also got a chance to mingle with Dodger outfielder (and fellow Cuban) Yasiel Puig before the game.

“Over there (in Cuba) you kind of play the game because you like it and you enjoy it,” Armenteros recently said through interpreter Juan Dorado. “Here, it’s more like a job. There’s more preparation.”

Armenteros will stay in Arizona through extended spring training and then head to play in the Dominican Summer League.

A's spring training Day 40: Manaea downplays struggles after walking five

A's spring training Day 40: Manaea downplays struggles after walking five

MESA, Ariz. — Something flipped a switch inside Sean Manaea in the third inning Saturday, and the A’s left-hander pitched with the aggressiveness he’s shown most of spring training.

It was a different story before that, as Manaea issued five walks, two of them forcing in runs, against the Cincinnati Reds. His final Cactus League outing ended after just three innings, his pitch count at more than 70, and he was charged with five earned runs.

“I was trying to nibble at the corners too much,” Manaea said. “The third inning I finally just said, ‘Throw it right down the middle and let them hit it.’”

The plan was to get Manaea close to 90 pitches, so he went to the bullpen and threw 10 more after he was pulled from the game. He entered the day with a 2.81 ERA in his first five outings, walking just one in each of those games.

He downplayed his struggles Saturday in Oakland’s 11-6 split-squad defeat at Hohokam Stadium, and manager Bob Melvin wasn’t expressing major concern either.

“He was just out of sync,” Melvin said. “Typically you don’t see him walk guys like that, let alone multiple guys in a row. It was just a tough day for him. We wanted to try to get him close to 90 pitches. But when you’re throwing that many pitches in three innings, I just couldn’t risk sending him back out there.”

Manaea was stressing the positives of his camp afterward. As he preps for one final tune-up start at AT&T Park against the Giants in the Bay Bridge Series, he particularly likes the way his slider has rounded into form.

“Just being able to have that confidence to throw it for a strike and get weak ground balls and swings and misses, it’s huge,” he said.

CAMP BATTLE: The A’s lost their other split-squad matchup by an identical 11-6 score to the Dodgers in Glendale. Jesse Hahn took the hill and struggled for the second consecutive outing, allowing two homers — including a grand slam by Andrew Toles — and surrendering seven runs (five earned) over 3 1/3 innings. Competing for one of two open rotation spots, Hahn hasn’t shown his best in the Cactus League stretch run. He gave up seven runs against Colorado in his previous start.

ODDS AND ENDS: Third baseman Trevor Plouffe had two more hits against the Reds to raise his average to .425 but left the game after tweaking an abductor muscle in his lower body. “He felt like he’s OK. We just didn’t wanna risk that,” Melvin said. … Rajai Davis connected for his first spring home run and scored three runs. … Sean Doolittle gave up two runs in his inning of work but struck out three. He sported his new eyeglasses for the first time in a major league game. … Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer off former Athletic Rich Hill in the game at Glendale.