Oakland A's MLN: Spring Reporting Dates

Spring training is just around the corner. For fans looking to make a trip to the Oakland A's minor league complex at Papago Park this spring, we have a few important reporting dates. In addition, we have an injury update on Henry Rodriguez and more inside...

Oakland A's Minor League Spring Schedule

The Oakland A's officially open their minor league spring training camp on March 9th when pitchers and catchers report. The position players will report on March 13th. After five days of intra-squad drills, the A's minor leaguers will get a chance to square-off against other Catcus League minor league squads starting on March 18th. The game schedule runs through April 4th.

The A's minor league complex is located in Papago Park in Phoenix. All games and practices are open to the public with free admission. Most days involve practices in the mornings and games starting at noon. Generally speaking, two of the A's affiliates are home and two are "on the road" for games on any given day. The A's will have four intrasquad camp days on March 20, 22, 29 and April 5th.

Rodriguez Injured

We noted last week that right-hander Henry Rodriguez hadn't pitched in more than two weeks in the Venezuelan winter league. Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times reports that the reason Rodriguez has been sidelined is because Henry suffered from a hernia which was surgically repaired.

According to Stiglich's report, Rodriguez is expected to be recovered by spring training, but he could be behind other pitchers on his throwing program. Assuming that the A's intend to keep Rodriguez in a relief role, being behind on the throwing program early in camp shouldn't hamper him during the regular season that much.

Rodriguez struggled during his stint in Venezuela this winter, posting a 7.71 ERA. The hard-throwing right-hander is entering his second season on the A's 40-man roster.

Other News And Notes

- Tony DeFrancesco, who managed the Sacramento River Cats from 2003-2007 before joining the A's coaching staff in 2008, will return to Sacramento as the manager in 2009. DeFrancesco won three PCL titles with the River Cats in his previous tenure. He will be replacing Todd Steverson in Sacramento, who was promoted to the A's coaching staff. Steverson won a PCL title in his only season with Sacramento.

- A's minor league free agent Brad Knox was a tough-luck loser in Venezuela on Monday. The right-hander allowed only one run on six hits in 5.1 innings for Caracas, but the Leones offense was quiet, as the team lost 1-0 in their playoff match-up with Aragua. Caracas is 1-2 in the playoffs.

- A's infielder Gregorio Petit has been starting at shortstop for Caracas during the post-season after a strong regular season for the Leones. He had a homer earlier in the playoffs.

- Former A's outfielder Matt Watson has signed with a team in the Korean Professional League. Watson was part of the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2008.

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