PHOENIX Michael Choice has a thing about walls. Monday, he ran into one, and a little later, he hit a baseball over one.
The A's outfielder came up with a bit of a sore left knee after slamming his side into the wall while playing center field during Monday's 14-10 loss to Cleveland. He stayed in the game and homered later.
"I'm feeling good, basically picking up from where I left off last year," said Choice, who was hitting .287 at Double-A Midland last year when a broken hand ended his season in July.
Manager Bob Melvin said he likes Choice's offensive tools.
"He has a quick bat," Melvin said, "and that allows him to wait on balls."
Choice is rated the No. 2 prospect in the A's organization behind shortstop Addison Russell by Baseball America.
Et cetera Outfielder Chris Young reported no ill effects from the quadriceps cramp he suffered while making a diving catch in the first inning against the Angels on Sunday.
"It's good," Young said. "It was a little sore (Sunday) when I came out, but I worked with the trainers, and it feels fine."
He was off Monday and will be held out an extra day today but is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday.
Melvin said he liked what he saw from left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima, who threw one inning, giving up a hit and a walk but no runs to the Indians.
"After last year, it felt good just to be out on the mound in the U.S.," Okajima, who was released in spring training by the Yankees, said through an interpreter. "After New York, I was afraid I would never pitch here again."
Melvin likes the downward plane of Okajima's pitches, something that should be difficult for left-handed hitters to master.
Longtime A's first baseman Jason Giambi, who turned 42 last month, likely will be the part-time designated hitter and full-time mentor to the young corps of Indians hitters this season after getting an early February invitation to the Cleveland camp.
"I'll be out here until they tear the uniform off me," Giambi said before going 0 for 1 with two walks against the A's.
Giambi has 429 career homers and 1,405 RBIs.