A's facing three tough roster cuts

A's facing three tough roster cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The unusual transition of resuming the exhibition season after playing regular-season games was a fairly easy one to make for A's manager Bob Geren.

That's because he has some serious roster business to address.

The A's have an active roster of 28 players, three above the Opening Day limit. They were allowed to designate three of those players -- pitchers Justin Duchscherer and Dana Eveland and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez -- as inactive for the two-game series in Japan against the Boston Red Sox.

As members of the starting rotation, Duchscherer and Eveland wouldn't have faced Boston. They're assured of jobs. The situation's different for Gonzalez, who stayed in Arizona and played in Minor League games as he continued to nurse a strained right hamstring. Striving to make the Opening Day roster, Gonzalez took a .360 average (9-for-25) into Friday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.

Gonzalez has appeared in seven games in right field, seven games in center and one in left, demonstrating his versatility.

"I've seen him do some really special things in a short period of time," Geren said. "He's looked good everywhere I've played him."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.