Extended Spring Active Roster
The majority of these players are at extended spring training to prepare for the short-seasons with either the A's Arizona Rookie League team or the A's short-season A team in Vermont. However, there are a few exceptions.
Veteran minor leaguers Brett Hunter, Josh Lansford, Jeff Lyman and Ben Hornbeck are at extended to work on various aspects of their game to be better prepared to help a full-season squad team when there is an opening in a team's pitching staff.
Catcher Ryan Lipkin had an appendectomy during spring training, which set-back his preparation for the season. Once he has gotten his at-bats at extended, he is likely to be sent out to a full-season club, according to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman. Right-hander Tyler Vail, who was the A's fifth-round pick last season, is at extended working on his command and a few mechanical tweaks. He is expected to be sent to Burlington once those aspects of his game have improved.
Dominican outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz, who signed with the A's for a six-figure bonus this November, is at extended to be introduced to the A's US program in preparation for the Dominican Summer League season. He will likely return to the States for the A's fall Instructional League.
Wilfredo Solano, the A's top international signing in 2009, participated in the A's regular spring training camp and he will stay in Phoenix likely for the duration of the summer and fall, as he will participate in the Arizona Rookie League season and then the A's fall Instructional League. A's 2010 second and third round picks Aaron Shipman and Chad Lewis are expected to stay in Phoenix through the extended spring season and then report to Vermont at the start of the New York-Penn League campaign.
That right-hander Michael Ynoa is on the extended spring squad is a good sign that his rehab from Tommy John surgery is going well. The A's are hopeful that he will be able to pitch for at least a portion of the season later this summer.
There are a handful of players who are at extended spring who are rehabbing from injuries. They can be sent out to clubs at any time once they are deemed healthy enough to play everyday. That list is below.
Players on Rehab/Disabled List
Andrew Carignan (foot)
Pedro Figueroa (elbow)
Brad Kilby (shoulder)
Ian Krol (forearm)
Arnold Leon (elbow)
John Meloan (elbow)
Julio Ramos (elbow)
James Simmons (shoulder)
Justin Souza (elbow)
Matt Thomson (shoulder)
Sean Doolittle (knee)
Michael Taylor (wrist)