PHOENIX -- Chris Young was scheduled to return to the A's lineup Wednesday after a left quad cramp forced him to leave Sunday's game against the Angles. That plan has changed.
Young is not in the A's lineup as expected, but he was on the field before the game taking batting practice and working out with the team. Young didn't have a setback or any extra pain. He won't be used as a pinch hitter.
"I just wanted to make sure he is 100 percent," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
On Tuesday, Young told CSNBayArea.com that his quad pain was nothing more than "a little knot, a little cramp in there." He said that he'd be playing if it were the regular season, but there's no sense in pushing it this early.
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Adam Rosales, SS
Seth Smith, DH
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Jed Lowrie, 3B
Josh Jaso, C
Michael Taylor, RF
Daric Barton, 1B
Shane Peterson, CF
Expected to Pitch:
Dan Straily, Justin Thomas, Jesse Chavez, Bruce Billings, Chris Resop, Pat Neshek will be in action on Wednesday.
The A's are starting to work in the pitchers that were held back earlier in camp. Certain pitchers like Straily were given a lighter workload this spring because they want to keep them fresh for the regular season after logging a lot of innings in 2012.
"It's almost like a mental break before you even get started," Melvin said. "You can concentrate on your conditioning and whatever it is that you do routine-wise to get ready."
Opening Day starter?
The skipper isn't ready to make his big announcement yet. There's one thing for certain, it won't be Bartolo Colon, who will have to miss the first turn in the rotation because he still has five games left on his 50-game suspension.
Based on the way the spring rotation is shaping up, it looks like the Opening Day nod will go to Brett Anderson. Melvin says he will probably deliver the news in the next couple of days. He joked that there's a chance that we're on the right track with that guess.