Notes: Good news for Crosby
Thumb just bruised, Opening Day start still possible
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bobby Crosby and the rest of the Oakland A's on Thursday heard those three little words that would warm anyone's heart: "It's not broken."Crosby, the A's starting shortstop, was hit on the left hand by a pitch from Milwaukee's Gary Glover on Wednesday in the team's final Cactus League outing and had to leave the game. Crosby had multiple X-rays taken Thursday in Oakland, and none of the images revealed a fracture. Oakland trainer Larry Davis said Crosby is day-to-day and may be on the field for Opening Day on Monday "It's a contusion, no fracture," said Davis, who added Crosby was still scheduled for an MRI Thursday evening "because we're paranoid." "This is just being extra careful on our part because it's so close to the season," Davis said. Davis said he feared the worst when Crosby got hit, a fear shared by the A's players. "We didn't want to speculate, but we were all hoping," said first baseman Scott Hatteberg. "We went through a big one last year with [second baseman Mark] Ellis getting hurt, and Crosby would be worse. He's a major component of this team and if he's not around, it would really hurt us. "We all had our fingers crossed and it came up good." Ellis dislocated his shoulder late in Spring Training last year, and missed the season with a torn labrum. Because of the medical exams, Crosby was not at SBC Park for the exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants. Marco Scutaro started instead of Crosby, and should the reigning American League Rookie of the Year be unavailable for the season opener in Baltimore, Scutaro would again take his place. There's been some speculation Ellis would move over from second to short and Keith Ginter would then play second, but manager Ken Macha hinted that's an unlikely scenario. "We're comfortable with Scutaro there right now," Macha said. "If you have a day or two and you are going to put Mark Ellis out there, I have no problem with that. Long term, I like Marco there." Again, it may be a moot point. Davis said Crosby would not play Friday here against the Giants, but might be able to go Saturday. However, if playing Saturday would jeopardize Crosby's chances to play when the games really matter, he would stay on the sidelines. "He feels like he'll be ready to play Opening Day," Davis said. "We're trying to do everything we can to make that happen." That likely won't include any extra padding to protect the bruise at the meaty base of his thumb. "I would doubt that because Bobby doesn't really like to be encumbered by anything at all on his body," Davis said. Bocachica out: Not all the X-rays were good Thursday. Outfielder Hiram Bocachica also was hit by a pitch in Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, with much worse results than Crosby.
Tony Kuttner is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.