A's playoff roster through deduction projection


A's playoff roster through deduction projection

DETROIT -- The A's have arrived in the Motor City. Their roster is trimmed down to a 25-man bunch, but it hasn't been released yet.

Here's my best projection of the A's roster for the American League Division Series against Detroit based on who is here and who is not. The first name listed is who I think will be in the starting lineup for Game 1.

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Roster Projection: (Plus one pending Anderson)
C: George Kottaras Derek Norris
1B: Brandon Moss Chris Carter
2B: Cliff Pennington Adam Rosales
3B: Josh Donaldson
SS: Stephen Drew
DH: Seth Smith Jonny Gomes
LF: Yoenis Cespedes
CF: Coco Crisp
RF: Josh Reddick
SP 1: Jarrod Parker
SP 2: Tommy Milone
SP 3: Brett Anderson (or Travis Blackley depending on Anderson's health)
SP 4: A.J. GriffinVIDEO: A's announce Parker to start Game 1, Milone Game 2
RP 1: Grant Balfour
RP 2: Ryan Cook
RP 3: Sean Doolittle
RP 4: Jerry Blevins
RP 5: Evan Scribner
RP 6: Pat Neshek
RP 7: Travis Blackley (If not starting)
RP 8: Pedro Figueroa
RP 9: Jim Miller
Who isn't here:
Brandon Hicks, Collin Cowgill, Jemile Weeks, Daric Barton, Dan Straily, Tyson Ross, Jesse Chavez, Jeremy Accardo, Eric Sogard, Scott Sizemore Here but injured:
Brandon McCarthy, Brandon Inge, Jordan Norberto, (Brett Anderson)

A's spring training update Day 5: Rainfall makes for short workout

A's spring training update Day 5: Rainfall makes for short workout

MESA, Ariz. — The rain indeed hit Saturday, cutting into the A’s plans for the morning.

They wound up sending a group of pitchers from the minor league facility back to Hohokam Stadium to get their throwing in. But by the time the A’s called it a day shortly before 10:30 a.m., manager Bob Melvin said everyone who was scheduled to throw off the mound got to do so.

Sunday’s forecast calls for possible rain to throw another wrench in things. But the weekend’s weather predictions haven’t exactly been spot-on with the timing of showers, so who knows how it will unfold as Oakland hits the field for its first official full-squad workout of 2017.

The workout will begin about 11 a.m. at the minor league facility (Lew Wolff Training Complex) if the current plans hold.

HEALTH UPDATE: Sean Doolittle said there’s no timetable yet for him to throw off a mound for the first time in camp. Part of that caution stems from last spring. Doolittle, who’s been sidelined for big portions of the past two seasons with shoulder issues, went full bore from the start of camp last year, then had to back off for a bit in the middle of camp and then cram several game appearances into the final stage of exhibitions to ensure he was ready for the regular season.

This spring, the idea is to go light early in camp before gradually ramping things up for the rest of the spring and leading into the season, Doolittle said. Melvin said once the lefty begins appearing in exhibitions, he’ll be on a regular schedule like the other relievers.

“It’s just a matter of when we get him in there,” Melvin said.

Doolittle already had thrown off the mound in pre-camp workouts, so he said he’s not concerned about being held back right now.

NOTEWORTHY: By Saturday, the most noteworthy position player who hadn’t yet been spotted in the clubhouse was left fielder Khris Davis. Players aren’t required to actually show up by reporting day, just check in with the team. The first full-squad workout is Sunday.

The A’s still don’t have a timetable for reliever Santiago Casilla’s arrival, though a team spokesperson said the wheels are in motion for his travel paperwork to soon be cleared in the Dominican Republic.

ODDS AND ENDS: Pitchers will throw live batting practice to hitters Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the A’s will hold simulated games and Thursday will feature more of an intrasquad-style game with an actual defense playing behind the pitcher as he throws to hitters. It’s all in preparation for next Saturday’s Cactus League opener on the road against the Cubs.

Fully healthy, Lowrie ready to man second base for A's

Fully healthy, Lowrie ready to man second base for A's

MESA, Ariz. — Doctors have done lots of repair work on Jed Lowrie since you last saw him in the A’s lineup, and he hopes that translates to a better season than what he endured a year ago.

Lowrie reported to camp on a rain-soaked Saturday in the desert, saying he enjoyed a productive winter coming off surgery to repair ligament damage and remove a bunion and cyst in his left foot. The switch-hitting second baseman was running by mid-November and says he essentially did the same offseason training he would normally do if not coming back from an injury.

“I haven’t talked to them about what they plan for me this spring, but I’ve done everything I can this offseason — running in spikes on the field, hitting on the field,” Lowrie said. “I just need to be in a team setting now, and I feel great.”

Just as beneficial might be another procedure he had in September to correct a deviated nasal septum, which affected his breathing while he slept and thus his quality of rest.

“If you look at it, how constricted my airway was, I’ve probably been sleep-deprived for nine years,” Lowrie said. “That’s not something that changes overnight, but that certainly made a big difference in my training and everything this offseason. I would sleep nine to 10 hours at night before and wake up still feeling tired. I was trying to figure out what was going on.”

Lowrie and wife Milessa recently welcomed their second child, Miles, and Lowrie joked that he’s gotten better sleep while caring for a four-month-old son than he did before his nasal surgery.

The 32-year-old was limited to 87 games last season, hitting .263 with two homers and just 27 RBI. After his season ended in early August, the A’s eventually promoted Joey Wendle from Triple-A Nashville, and he showed some nice flashes as the regular second baseman. Another rookie, Chad Pinder, also got some innings there. But manager Bob Melvin made it clear that Lowrie remains his starting second baseman if fully healthy.

With that in mind, Melvin said Lowrie will have a light playing schedule early in the Cactus League season, which begins next Saturday for Oakland.

“Veterans like him, I probably don’t bring along as quickly, especially with the amount of games (the A’s have), but as far as actually being out there physically, he’s ready to go.”

Melvin likes to say he can bat Lowrie anywhere in the order and the switch hitter adapts well. Should Lowrie bat second, where he spent most of last season when healthy, he’ll have a new leadoff man in front of him with Rajai Davis.

“He’s a great leadoff guy, a great speed player,” Lowrie said. “He’s been around this league a long time and knows how to do it.”

Lowrie, who will earn $6.5 million in the final season of a three-year contract he signed with Houston, got plenty of work in the batting cage over the winter. He also got through agility drills with no problem, and that could help him defensively.

“I look back at last year, how compromised I was and all the adjustments you make to try to play when you’re hurt,” he said. “I’ve gotten into a good routine to try to correct some of those bad habits that were created last year.”