"That's the way I've been my whole career," he said. "If I throw well enough during Spring Training to make the team, I do. If I don't, then I've got to go back to Triple-A and get better again. Generally, if I put too much pressure on myself in the spring, it's just going to get ugly. That's been a factor in the past. I don't know what my numbers are in the spring, but I know they're not good."His numbers this spring for two starts: two earned runs, nine hits, two walks, two strikeouts, three wild pitches and a 3.60 ERA. This and that: Right-handed reliever Kiko Calero pitched 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. ... Right-hander Keith Foulke, whose wife gave birth to a boy early Friday morning, threw his second simulated game of the spring and told reporters afterward that he used all his pitches and is coming along. Foulke sat out last season after leaving Indians spring camp because of assorted injuries. ... The A's announced more roster cuts on Friday, sending out three players, making it eight in two days. The latest group: Outfielders Javier Herera and Richie Robnett were optioned to Sacramento, and non-roster invitee outfielder Danny Putnam was reassigned to the Minor League camp. That leaves a total of 53 players in the Major League camp, 37 on the 40-man roster and 16 non-roster invitees. That includes 25 pitchers, 14 infielders, nine outfielders and five catchers. Up next: The A's have split-squad games in Phoenix against the Cubs and at Peoria against the Mariners on Saturday. At Phoenix, right-hander Rich Harden will get his second start of the spring at Phoenix Muni against Cubs right-hander Jon Leiber. At Peoria, right-hander Justin Duchscherer will be making his first start and second appearance of the spring against left-hander Jarrod Washburn.
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.