March 13, 2011
URBAN ARCHIVEA'S PAGE A'S VIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com
PHOENIX -- Much of Bob Geren's time with the media since taking over as manager of the A's in 2007 has been spent discussing the various and myriad injuries that have decimated his club year after year. Big injuries. Big names. Big trouble. By that measure, this spring has been a treat for Geren. The primary topic of conversation for him Sunday, for instance, was being able to put all of his projected regulars on the field for an eventual 9-4 win over the visiting Rockies at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. "It's nice," he said of his team's relatively healthy camp. "Nobody wants to talk -- or hear about -- guys rehabbing or getting surgery all the time. So far we've had a nice, quiet spring as far as injuries are concerned. You're always going to have a few guys dinged up here and there, but nothing major's happened, and the guys who we knew needed to work their way back from something while we're here have made really nice progress." Shortstop Cliff Pennington (shoulder) and Andrew Bailey (elbow), for example, are rounding into form nicely after offseason surgeries; Pennington, a switch hitter, might bat from the right side for the first time in Cactus League action the next time the A's face a lefty starter, and Bailey is scheduled to make his second appearance of the spring Monday. Among the handful of players dinged up at the moment are reliever Michael Wuertz (shoulder tendinitis), who will make his spring debut Tuesday; backup infield candidate Eric Sogard (thumb), who is close to resuming full activity; reliever Joey Devine (dead arm), who is pitching in games for the first time in two years since his Tommy John (elbow) surgery; reliever Craig Breslow (hamstring), who is day-to-day; and infield hopefuls Steve Tolleson and Andy LaRoche, who were held out Sunday with a touch of the flu. The most significant setback of the spring, in terms of star power, has been the lat-muscle tightness that's kept Rich Harden off the mound since the first days of camp. Officially out of the running for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, Harden has been playing catch and is tentatively slated for a brief bullpen session Tuesday.