The A's return to action after a day off with a 1:05 p.m. date against the White Sox. Nick Swisher will bat fifth and play CF for the Sox in his debut against his former team.
The A's send Rich Harden to the mound and host Chicago counters with Jose Contreras. Today's lineups are posted below if you click the "read more" link.
*If the season started tomorrow, I think you'd see Kiko Calero placed on the 60-day DL, Mike Sweeney added to the 40-man (and active) roster...and a disappointed Gio Gonzalez, Greg Smith, Kirk Saarloos, Brooks Conrad, and Todd Linden. Call it "40-man roster politics".
All those guys warrant a chance, and it would be nice to reward them. But not at the cost of unnecessarily exposing one of our current 40-man roster guys to waivers. All five of them will eventually get their chance if they are still performing well in AAA when someone else eventually goes on the 60-day DL later this year.