PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Josh Reddick is back in the Oakland Athletics lineup and his customary spot in right field after spraining his left ankle in a game on Thursday. The A's gold glove right fielder has a wrap around his left ankle, but is moving around without issue. He even leaped up the stairs from the dugout to the field.
Sharing the Mound:
Dan Straily and Bartolo Colon are both pitching in Monday's game. Colon gets the start with Straily following the veteran righty. They are both on the same schedule as Straily will be slotted into the fifth spot into the rotation -- a spot Colon will likely take when the remaining five games of his 50-game suspension are over.
"There's a good chance they could end up finishing the game," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It's both of their days and we're trying to get them both in the same game."
With both guys ramping up for the regular season, they didn't want to put either of them in a minor league game. Straily and Colon will also share time in the final game of the Bay Bridge exhibition series in the Bay Area.
The A's have 36 guys in camp and the A's skipper says it's possible all of them will be joining the team in the Bay Area for the final three exhibition games. That includes all of the A's infield candidates.
Looking at the available personnel, it is starting to look like Adam Rosales is a lock to make the team. He's been having a solid spring both offensively and defensively and has been playing all over the field.
"He's a super utility guy that's a plus defender wherever he goes," Melvin said. "Third is probably his least comfortable position, but in the middle infield if you watch him he is very fundamentally sound. He's got a strong throwing arm. We're comfortable with him on defense wherever he is."
Rosales is out of options, which makes it even more likely he is on board on Opening Day. With Jemile Weeks optioned to Triple-A, it looks like the starting second base job is between Eric Sogard and Scott Sizemore. Sogard bats lefty and Sizemore is a righty. We've all seen how much the A's like their platoons.
It will be tough to get them both on the roster, though. Especially if Hiro Nakajima or Nate Freiman are on the 25-man roster. The A's will have five outfielders, five starting pitchers, seven relievers, and two catchers on the roster. That's leaves them with six infield spots. Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson are locks. Rosales looks safe too.
You can see why the team is waiting until the very last minute to make up their minds. They have some tough decisions to make.