Kate & Casey: It was good to see Donaldson show up early
"All his pitches, throwing hard and doing his thing." -- Bob Melvin on what he saw Tuesday from Brett Anderson (USA TODAY IMAGES)
PHOENIX -- SEEN: Long, white passenger vans filed in to Papago Park at 10 a.m. this morning, signaling the first day of workouts for A's pitchers and catchers. Just like last year, Bob Melvin continues to promote carpooling. Rather than having players arrive at the facility on their own time, Melvin is establishing the "team" concept (and punctuality) from the get-go, with veterans and rookies alike reporting to Phoenix Municipal to travel up the road to Papago in 10-seater vans.
Most ballclubs use these vans to transport non-roster invitees and minor leaguers, but here at A's camp it's "One for All and All for One." And after the A's ride last year, why not start the spring off the exact same way?
HEARD: "I'm not out there watching the Brett Andersons," joked Bob Melvin after the first day of workouts were in the books. The skipper was too eager to see what some of his newest and youngest arms have to offer, plus he explained, he already knows what Anderson can do. Fortunately for the A's this spring, that means everything.
After missing parts of the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to Tommy John surgery, the southpaw is back without restriction. Anderson told me it's a relief to be back to his baseball routine.
And even if his manager isn't watching him, Melvin knows what Anderson is capable of, "All his pitches, throwing hard and doing his thing."
MVP STATUS: If a first impression is a lasting impression then that's good news for relievers Arnold Leon and Fernando Rodriguez. Melvin singled them out when discussing who stood out to him on Day 1.
Melvin noted that he can see why "there was a lot of talk about him last year" when referring to the 24-year old Leon, who's been a product of the A's system the last three years.
He also added that one of the A's most recent additions, Rodriguez - from the Jed Lowrie trade - couldn't be missed. Melvin noted: "big kid, big arm."
AROUND THE HORN: The early bird catches the worm apparently in the A's clubhouse, as the position players continue to report ahead of schedule. Adding to the Coco Crisps, Nakajimas and Brandon sightings, Josh Donaldson joined the crew on the diamond at Phoenix Municpal for afternoon workouts. With Chip Hale, Curt Young, Chili Davis and Melvin looking on, Grant Green, Donaldson and Michael Choice took turns in the cages, while Daric Barton and John Jaso among others, worked on defense.