PHOENIX, Ariz. -- After being held out since tweaking his left quadricep on Sunday, Chris Young returned to the Oakland Athletics lineup and played center field. He was tested right away, forced to make a long run to catch a line drive off the bat of leadoff hitter Angel Pagan. Young's effort stopped what would have been a double against starting pitcher Jarrod Parker.
Young also contributed offensively, going 2 for 3 with a run. It appears he has no ill effects from the nagging injury.
"It's just one of those things, especially with this long spring, it's just March 1 right now," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You watched him run, he ran fine, had a couple good at-bats as well."
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Jemile Weeks continues to stay hot offensively. He went 1 for 3 with an RBI and is now hitting .545 this spring. Weeks was involved in a scary collision at second base on Friday, when he bobbled a ball and tried to reach forward to get it and make a tag as Giants catcher Jackson Williams slid into him. Weeks was up-ended by Jackson, but stayed in the game.
"He just bobbled the ball," Melvin said. "It's a double play ball if he comes down with it."
The A's Chose Right
Michael Choice, the A's 2010 first-round pick, continues to prove his prowess at the plate. He is having a scorching hot spring. He's hitting .563 (9 for 16) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, and six RBI.
Believe it or not, both Coco Crisp and Bob Melvin have told me that Choice and Yoenis Cespedes have a lot of similarities. It's tough to compare anyone to Cespedes, but this young outfielder is making some noise in A's camp and will be a step away from the big leagues when he starts the season at Triple-A.
Speaking of Cespedes, don't look now, but he is 0 for 8 this spring. It's far too early to be concerned.
Cactus League Craziness
Travis Blackley had a spring outing to forget. In one-third of an inning of work he allowed seven earned runs. He now has a 47.25 ERA this spring. That's Cactus League Baseball for you. In the end, the stats won't matter and the most important thing will be that he is feeling healthy.
"He gave up a lot of runs very quickly," Melvin said. "He had some trouble missing some bats today."