According to Buster Olney, Joey Devine's season may be over. LINK
To review: The Angels will be without Ervin Santana and John Lackey until May, barring any setbacks, and they won't have Kelvim Escobar back until May at the earliest, barring any setbacks. Plus, Joe Saunders struggled badly in his last outing spring. And the Athletics are loading up their rotation with 21-year-olds because Justin Duchscherer is hurt and because some of the older candidates haven't gotten the job done. It seems likely that Joey Devine -- the presumed closer when spring training began -- might be lost for the season.
Also, according to Olney, the A's young pitchers will be tested early.
The Athletics are fielding some young starters, like Trevor Cahill, Brett Andersonand Josh Outman, and they will immediately be thrown into the deep end of the pool. Of Oakland's first 20 games, 13 are against the Angels, Red Sox, Yankees and Rays. If the Athletics come through that stretch with a .500 record, it would be a major plus.
Collectively, the A's starting five has only 18 wins. They have combined for 63 starts, and 59 of those belong to Braden and Eveland.
Anderson and Cahill made the team out of their first major league spring training.
Braden, who draws the opening-night assignment Monday against the Los Angeles Angels, is the oldest of the group at 25 years, 7 months. Also of note, the A's are going with four left-handers and one right-hander (Cahill).
Could be another long year in Oakland.