Feb. 18, 2011
Devine Feels Fine: Right-hander Joey Devine hasnt pitched since dominating American League hitters (42 games, 0.59 ERA) throughout the 2008 season, his first full year in the bigs. He took another encouraging step on his long road of recovery from Tommy John surgery Friday with a solid 30-pitch session off one of the mounds on the back field. You add Joey to what we already have in the bullpen, its like, Wow, said coach Tye Walller. Talk about shortening the game.Happy to be Here: Outfielder David DeJesus, acquired from the Royals in an offseason trade, has been a daily presence at Oaklands various workout facilities for a while. Three reasons for that, he said. One is that hes always shown up early to camp. Another is that he was so excited to get to work with his new teammates, noting the the As have a chance to really do something this year. The third? He lives in the Midwest, and he and his wife were eager to get away from the storms and bone-chilling weather.Godzilla Watch: Hideki Matsuis arrival at camp will be chronicled by as many as 41 credentialed members of the media from Japan; there are so many of them that a media guide for the media of sorts has been put together, complete with mugshots and affiliations. Its unclear exactly when Matsui will make his first appearance at Phoenix Muni, but hes scheduled to film a commercial Saturday at Papago Park. Matsuis father was a guest at camp Friday.