OAKLAND — The disabled list for the A’s got a bit more crowded on Tuesday, adding to an already mounting group of casualties heading into the season.
First baseman Daric Barton was placed on the DL with a strained right shoulder retroactive on March 24. He joins a list that already included two of the team’s would-be starting pitchers: Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson.
And the news for Braden only got worse Tuesday.
The left-hander, who had surgery to his left shoulder in May and missed the remainder of the 2011 season, suffered a setback in his recovery as he received a platelet-rich plasma injection to the shoulder.
It will keep him from throwing for another three weeks. Manager Bob Melvin said he isn’t going back to Square 1, but it will slow his recovery.
On the flip side, Anderson threw about 40 pitches off a mound, including sliders and curveballs, which has Melvin very encouraged.
“I think he looks as good as he could look at this point in time,” Melvin said. “From the day he started throwing off a mound, it looked to me like this wasn’t an arm-rehab guy. He’s at a great pace right now.”
Third is Donaldson’s to lose
Melvin said Josh Donaldson will get “the brunt” of the time at third base after the converted catcher moved there during spring training.
“You’re seeing a confident all-around guy that feels good playing his position and wants to go out there and do some good things for this team once we open up again,” Melvin said.
Bochy preaching early offense
Manager Bruce Bochy said the Giants are ready for the season to begin, but even though the team had a solid spring, he is still looking for the offense to come through early on.
“We got off to a slow start,” Bochy said. “The one area we’d like to improve on is put some runs on the board early. We haven’t done that.”
Part of the offensive punch the Giants are hoping for, Freddy Sanchez, is still recovering from shoulder surgery, but played four innings in Arizona on Tuesday.
“He’s making improvements, but he’s still not ready,” Bochy said. “[He] made some throws, but he’s probably a couple weeks away.”
Around the horn
The Giants will announce their final roster moves this morning prior to their afternoon game with the A’s. Catcher Hector Sanchez has made that decision much harder. “Sure he’s done [enough] to make this club,” Bochy said.
“Sometimes you have to decide what’s best for Hector and the club. What’s made it more difficult more us as far as selecting the club is the way he’s played.” ... Brandon Crawford missed Tuesday’s game with a sprained left thumb, but Bochy said it was no big deal.