"All I really wanted to do was go out there and have some fun again, man," Swisher said. "I feel like it's been Groundhog's Day for me. It's like the same thing every day. So, to be able to come out here and actually be able to compete at this level was great. It raised my spirits a little bit, for sure."
Manager Terry Francona was happy to get Swisher back in the lineup.
"I think it was really good to get him in a game," Francona said. "I think it was really good for him -- whether he got hits or not. It was nice to see him get on base a couple times. I think it's helpful to him. I think it probably gave him another little push in the right direction. I think he had fun and it makes it feel a little bit closer to the finish line."
He remains without a timetable to return for the regular season.
"I wish I could give you a timetable. I wish I could give you a day," Swisher said. "I'm just going to come back when I feel healthy. Do I feel like I could go and DH for this team and contribute right now? Sure, but that's not all I want to do. I want to make sure I'm able to go to the outfield. I want to make sure I'm able to go to first base and make sure all my movements are fluid and smooth."Analysis:
Ryan left Wednesday's game limping off the field with the injury and went for an MRI immediately. It is unknown how long the injury will keep him sidelined.Analysis:
Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation on Vazquez, who is without a timetable for return but will likely miss the entire 2015 season. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list Monday.Analysis:
Reddick is recovering from an oblique injury that will cause him to open the season on the 15-day disabled list, but he may be able to return soon after the season begins.Analysis:
"I think it depends on how he feels tomorrow," manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday. "I think it's going to be a pretty good indication on what we need to do."
Melvin said that Crisp was sore Wednesday, and the team will decide Thursday if he'll need to open the season on the disabled list. It's possible he'll play during the team's three-game Bay Bridge Series against the Giants, starting Thursday.
"He's really the one guy on our team that we're not worried too much about at-bats," Melvin said. "If he could play in the Bay Bridge Series, we'd be good with that. Whether he's not, I really don't know yet."
If Crisp does open the season on the disabled list, the Athletics will likely carry outfielder Billy Burns on the Opening Day roster.Analysis:
"I felt really good. It was nice to get back on the mound and do what I am supposed to do, honestly," Sale told reporters after the outing, per MLB.com. "Stinks being on rehab the whole time so it was nice to be a pitcher again and be in a game situation. My breaking ball was kind of [lousy] today. I left it up a lot arm side, probably because I was rushing a little bit. But other than that, everything felt fine."
Sale is recovering from a foot injury suffered in late February and has thrown simulated games as a part of his rehab. He appears on track to make his regular-season debut April 12 and will make another start Monday in an attempt to throw about 100 pitches without issue.Analysis:
Arcia is hitting .295 in 14 Grapefruit League games.Analysis: