"It's something I've experience before, it seems like it's something that happens to me once a year at some point," Crosby said prior to Tuesday's game. "It happened to me last year during Spring Training when I dove for a ball. Hopefully this is the extent of it this year."This and that: Right-hander Keith Foulke, in his second tour with the A's and after sitting out last season, threw to batters for the first time this spring. Backup catcher Rob Bowen, who was one of those hitters, said Foulke had control of all his pitches and that his velocity was starting to pick up from earlier in the spring. "He wasn't laboring to throw hard," Bowen said. "It looked the ball was coming out of his hand nice and easy." ... Outfielder Ryan Sweeney was sufficiently recovered from a bruised right knee and started in center field on Tuesday against the M's. He was 1-for-4. Sweeney sustained the injury this past Thursday in the Cactus League opener against the Brewers at Maryvale when he collided with Milwaukee's power-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder. ... Right-hander Chad Gaudin had his second bullpen session of the spring. This one was broken up in two parts -- 20 pitches and rest followed by 20 more pitches. Gaudin is working his way back from left hip and right foot surgery on Dec. 18. ... Emil Brown was back in the lineup after missing two games because of the flu. He was 1-for-3. ... After Monday's duel successful outings, Harden and Justin Duchscherer are scheduled to start Saturday's split-squad double-header. The A's are home against the Cubs and Peoria against the M's. Harden is expected to stretch out to 60 pitches over four or five innings and Duchscherer is slated for 40 pitches over three innings, said pitching coach Curt Young, who added that it was still to be determined who would travel and who would get the cushier Phoenix assignment. Up next: The A's play the Padres at Phoenix Muni on Wednesday. Crosby is expected back in the lineup after missing two games. The fight for the No. 5 slot in the starting rotation continues with left-hander Lenny DiNardo making the start and getting his shot at the job.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less