Dallas Braden (right) hopes to return by April 16th
A few quick notes coming out of Arizona yesterday:
Brett Anderson threw a bullpen session for the first time since Tommy John surgery, he gives his efforts an “A-plus”. If you are interested in seeing the video from his session you can look here, it also includes a post-throwing interview. (Many thanks to Susan Slusser for posting the two videos)
Dallas Braden also had his fourth bullpen session since coming off of shoulder surgery, he describes his efforts as a step above an A-plus. Jane Lee discusses what his throwing schedule will look like in the next couple of weeks.
Leave Jarrod Parker alone! No, seriously, leave him alone. A lot A’s fans are giving him a hard time about his new nickname for Kurt. For the record he is now working on something new since there was such an overwhelming dislike for it. I would like to note I absolutely love Jarrod Parker just from following him on twitter and I cannot wait to see him make it to Oakland.
I am sure you all know by now that Manny Ramirez has officially signed a minor-league deal with the A’s. Most of the reactions coming from the clubhouse are very positive and it sounds like the players are really looking forward to having him on the team, Kurt Suzuki especially;
“Manny ranks as one of the greatest hitters ever,” catcher Kurt Suzuki said. “You put a guy like that in the middle of your order, and it makes everyone around him better.”
Speaking of Manny, I noticed a lot of fans whining about this signing preventing the younger players from getting a chance and wanting to “boycott” the A’s this season. First of all boycotting the team you love is, for a lack of a better term, stupid. You’re hurting every single player when you don’t show up to a game. If you aren’t going to cheer for the guy that’s fine, but show up for the players you love! There’s a player on the team I can’t stand, but I don’t let him ruin my chance to have a good time at a ballgame.
Secondly, it’s a MINOR-LEAGUE deal. If Chris Carter and/or Brandon Allen want to make the team they have 50 games to prove themselves. Remember how Jemile Weeks got Mark Ellis traded to the Rockies last season? I am sure if Carter or Allen are raking come June, there is no way they will lose their spot on the team once Manny is eligible to come back.