March 22, 2011
URBANARCHIVEA'SPAGE A'SVIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com
PHOENIX Many big-league managers like to reward the starting pitcher who performed the best the previous season with the honor of starting on Opening Day.Thats assuming said pitcher is healthy and performing fairly well the following spring, of course, and in this case that pitcher is right-hander Trevor Cahill, who represented the As in the 2010 All-Star game, won 18 games and is healthy as Oakland winds down the Arizona portion of its exhibition season.Geren on Tuesday, however, remained mum on his plans for the starting rotation, telling reporters at Phoenix Municipal Stadium that he probably wont make an announcement until this weekend.You do want to reward a guy, he said, but thats not all that goes into it.The sensational spring enjoyed by lefty Gio Gonzalez might go into it, too. Hes viewed as the other strong possibility for that first assignment of the regular season, with lefties Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden likely to follow the first two starters, though perhaps not in that order.As for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, which seems to have been secured by righty Brandon McCarthy, who pitched into the eighth inning against the Giants his last time out, Geren wouldnt say if hell make that announcement when he names the Opening Day starter.Ill probably lay out at least the first few guys, said the skipper.
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Bobby Cramer and Tyson Ross also are in the mix for the final rotation spots, and given the health-related inactivity this spring of relievers Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow and Michael Wuertz, its possible that the two No. 5 candidates who dont win the competition will be asked to work out of the bullpen early in the regular season while the aforementioned trio builds up the strength required to return.