A's notes: Infielder Sizemore gets good news from X-ray

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 - 8:19 am

PHOENIX – A's infielder Scott Sizemore received good news Monday when an X-ray of his left hand showed no broken bones.

Sizemore was hit by a pitch on the back of the hand Sunday and left the game after he had trouble gripping a bat.

Sizemore said he probably won't play the next two days while he tries to "get that swelling and inflammation out of " the hand.

He wore a protective wrap Monday but said the pain wasn't too bad.

The prognosis came as a relief to Sizemore, who missed the 2012 season after injuring his knee on the first day of spring training workouts.

Sizemore singled in his first two at-bats Sunday to bring his average this spring to .250 (3 for 12).

"Extremely relieved," he said. "Definitely don't need any broken bones or serious injuries at this point."

Balfour update – Right-handed closer Grant Balfour threw 35 to 40 pitches Monday in his second session off a mound since Feb. 14 arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

"My knee feels fine," Balfour said. "Now it's just getting the ball to pop out of my hand. I'm not even thinking about my knee so much. Just thinking about pitches."

Balfour is still limited moving the knee while waiting for cuts from the surgery to heal completely. He said he plans to throw another bullpen session Wednesday but has no timetable for facing hitters.

Straily's day – Melvin affirmed before the A's 13-5 win over the Angels on Monday that right-hander Dan Straily is competing for a roster spot this spring.

Straily gave up two runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings in his second spring outing and said his fastball command was encouraging but rued a curveball that was hit for a double.

"That's a pitch I wouldn't normally throw in that situation but something I'm working on," Straily said. "It might be time to forget about trying stuff out and just try to work on what I have."

Straily limited the damage in the first inning after the first three Angels reached base.

Following Howie Kendrick's RBI single, Straily retired the next three hitters on a fielder's choice, strikeout and comeback grounder.

"I thought he pitched better than the numbers," Melvin said.

Et cetera – Catcher John Jaso's bases-clearing triple erased a 2-0 Angels lead in the fourth, but Oakland scored most of its runs Monday after the starters left.

Center fielder Shane Peterson had an RBI triple and is 10 for 23 (.435) this spring with seven extra-base hits.

"He's making as big an impression as anybody here in camp," Melvin said.

• Reliever Sean Doolittle made his second spring appearance, striking out the side in one inning of work.

• Yoenis Cespedes singled in the fourth inning after an 0-for-12 start in spring training.

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