Oakland A's MLN: Extended Spring Updates

In today's edition of Oakland A's Minor League Notebook, we provide updates on the status of some of the players at extended spring training and bring you notes on some of the A's alumni who have signed on with Independent League teams for 2009.

Extended Spring Update

Those looking for a quick regular season debut for extended spring training participants Andrew Carignan, Jeremy Barfield, Jemile Weeks and Henry Rodriguez will be disappointed. According to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, those four players are each in the middle of their rehabs and have a ways to go before they are ready to join full-season squads.

Catcher Joel Galarraga is at extended spring not because of injury, but because of visa issues. The team expects those issues to be resolved by mid-April, at which time he is likely to join the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. Galarraga is a Cuban refugee who is now a resident of Mexico.

One of the A's top international prospects, Robin Rosario, is scheduled to arrive at extended spring training today. The outfielder hit .281 last season for the A's Dominican Summer League 2 team. He just turned 18 in November.

The A's top international prospect is not in camp, however. Michael Ynoa was scheduled to arrive in Phoenix at the start of extended spring training, but his arrival has been delayed by personal issues, according to the team. There is no set date for when he will come to Phoenix.

Alumni Notes

A number of former A's farmhands have recently signed with indepedent league teams.

The Lancaster Barnstormers, managed by former A's minor league skipper Von Hayes, have signed catcher Jed Morris, outfielder Jason Perry and infielder/outfielder Lloyd Turner.

Outfielder Nick Blasi has landed with the Wichita Wingnuts. Blasi is a Wichita native and he attended Wichita State. Catcher Julio Rivera and outfielder Angel Sierra have signed wtih the Florence Freedom, while infielder Caonabo Cosme has signed with the Schaumberg Flyers. Relievers Joe Valentine and Jose Garcia have signed with the Long Island Ducks, while right-hander Andy Shipman has signed with the Kansas City T-Bones. Left-hander Fabian Gomez signed with the Rockford Riverhawks. Gomez is an alum of Rockford College.

A's Launch Spanish Site

The Oakland A's announced on Wednesday the launch of a new, Spanish-language team site, LosAtleticos.com. LosAtleticos.com will provide "up-to-date news and team information, including the 2009 A's game schedule, promotional calendar and community programs. In addition, LosAtleticos.com will feature league standings, game recaps and stories in Spanish, as well as photo and video galleries."

The A's are also offering Spanish language radio broadcasts this season. Well-respected broadcaster Amaury Pi-Gonzalez is handling those broadcasts.

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