Crosby is coming off a 2007 season in which he played in only 93 games because of a broken left hand. In 2006, he missed 52 games because of a lower back sprain, an injury that Crosby said was not related to this particular bout with spasms.Crosby was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Angels after his back stiffened up while taking grounders during batting practice. Geren delayed writing out the starting lineup on Wednesday until Crosby cleared through batting practice. This and that: Right-hander Joey Devine, who also has been suffering from back spasms, had a 30-pitch side session on Wednesday, Geren said. "He's doing well today and could potentially pitch on Saturday," Geren said, referring to one of the split-squad games scheduled for Phoenix and Peoria. Devine has been out since Monday. ... Right-handed reliever Kiko Calero is expected to pitch off the mound for the first time this spring on Friday. Calero has been nursing a non-surgically repaired rotator cuff injury in his right shoulder. ... The A's made their first roster cuts of the spring, sending out five players: catcher Landon Powell was optioned to Sacramento, and non-roster invitee pitchers Arnold Leon, Jay Marshall, Ryan Wing and Brad Ziegler were all reassigned to the Minor League camp. That leaves a total of 56 players in the Major League camp, 39 on the 40-man roster and 17 non-roster invitees. That includes 25 pitchers, 14 infielders, 12 outfielders and five catchers. Up next: The A's play the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday in their second cross-Bay clash of the Cactus League season. It'll be A's left-hander Dave Eveland against right-hander Kevin Correia. This past Saturday, the A's pummeled the Giants, 25-3 at Scottsdale, amassing 29 hits and 36 baserunners.
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.