Crowded house: Bradley and shortstop Bobby Crosby also checked in at Papago on Monday for the first time since camp opened, and 11 position players took some informal batting practice on a lower-level field during the pitchers' workout."It's a nice sign to have everyone so eager to go," Geren said. Bradley made the biggest splash during the hitting sessions, launching a home run to right field from the right side of the plate that Geren said cleared the wall by "50 to 100 feet." "I was just walking by, and I saw it and, wow," Geren explained. "Pretty impressive shot." Crosby, who missed much of the second half of last season with back trouble and wasn't allowed to swing a bat during the winter, showed up eager to take his first hacks. But after a brief chat with athletic trainer Larry Davis, Crosby said he'd been told to wait one more day. "Tomorrow," he said. "I hope." Dribblers: Lefty Dan Meyer, who Geren had said on Saturday was the only pitcher in camp who would be limited early on, threw in the bullpen for the first time since camp opened and said he felt "great" afterward. "That's a good sign for us," Geren said of Meyer, who underwent surgery last July to remove a bone chip from his throwing shoulder. ... The A's are the only team in the big leagues that wears white spikes, and veteran infielder Lou Merloni hasn't quite warmed up to them. "I can't wait to get 'em dirty," he said. Outfielder Nick Swisher, whose locker is near Merloni's said, "Don't worry, bro. They'll grow on you fast. You'll love 'em in a week." ... At least Merloni signed with the team in time to get white spikes. Lefty Lenny DiNardo was claimed off waivers right before camp opened and had to work out Sunday with black spikes.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.