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Weekdays at Bernie's, 3/21/16: Injury updates and more cuts begin to shape Oakland A's Opening Day roster

Two notable injuries and the newest round of roster cuts make the Opening Day roster seem more obvious as the days pass, and two of the A's top left-handed starters had strong outings on Sunday, among other news.

Despite Sam Fuld's strong spring, a shoulder injury will keep him off the Opening Day roster.
Despite Sam Fuld's strong spring, a shoulder injury will keep him off the Opening Day roster.
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  • Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is dealing with a slight triceps sprain and outfielder Sam Fuld has a moderate shoulder strain, as AN's very own Alex Hall and Jeremy Koo report from Mesa. Doolittle should be ready for Opening Day if he doesn't experience any further setbacks, but Fuld will miss at least three weeks. This does clarify the roster, however - barring any further injuries or a surprise trade, Chris Coghlan, Billy Burns, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, and Khris Davis should comprise the club's outfield options come Opening Day.
  • The A's have made their next round of roster cuts. Heading back to minor league camp are top prospects Franklin Barreto, Matt Olson, and Chad Pinder, along with catcher Bryan Anderson, righties Ryan Brasier and Angel Castro, and lefty Eduard Santos. Notably remaining in camp are lefty Sean Manaea and third baseman Matt Chapman, both making some serious noise as two of the brightest pieces of Oakland's future.
  • Manaea continued to impress on Sunday, striking out seven White Sox over 3.2 innings in the A's 6-2 loss. The lefty only made one real mistake, giving up a two-run homer to Jerry Sands. Danny Valencia chipped in with an RBI triple, and Chapman smacked a double in the ninth. For more on the game, check out Alex's recap. Meanwhile, in his minor league start, veteran southpaw Rich Hill sorted out some of his mechanical issues. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing only one hit and three walks, striking out five. For more, check out Jeremy's report.
  • The A's released the first two of eight new TV commercials. Check 'em out!
  • Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Rymer Liriano has been hospitalized with "multiple facial fractures" after being hit in the face by a fastball on Sunday, the team announced on Twitter. This is horrible news, so please keep Rymer in your thoughts.

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  • Long live CJ Nitkowkski:

    That's all for today. Chris Bassitt and Jeff Samardzija, traded for each other in the winter of 2014, will face off at 1:05 today as the A's take on the Giants. Feel free to dump any links in the comments below. Until next time - lean on, A's fans!