Dan Johnson knew he had little shot of making the A's Opening Day roster, but the timing for the…
Inside Pitch: Healthy A's Roster Shaping Up
As the A's prepare to leave Arizona, head trainer Larry Davis might be the most well-rested person who will stand on the chalk lines on Opening Day. This is a good thing, because it meant he had a slow spring and the A's are healthy. Few things have changed on the Oakland season outlook since spring training began in late February. The A's learned that Mark Ellis might not be 100 percent, but he's healthy enough to play second base at an above-average level. They learned that rookie pitcher Dan Meyer, acquired in the Tim Hudson trade, probably needs more seasoning. They also learned that they would be without set-up submariner Chad Bradford for at least three months of the season, opening up a possible bullpen spot for either swingman Kirk Saarloos or relief prospect Huston Street. Shortly before heading north, though, the final roster spot has not been settled. Once a four-man race for two rotation spots, rookie Joe Blanton pitched his way into the No. 4 position. Then it expanded...
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