Geren speaks out, has no animosity toward team

CHICAGO -- Bob Geren spoke out for the first time Friday since being fired as the A's manager and expressed no ill will toward the organization.

"You can't manage a team for five years and not win and expect to still be the manager," Geren told the Associated Press. "I completely understand the game. I knew that five years ago. It's not a shock. I'm level-headed and understand how the game works. I'm grateful for the opportunity."

Geren was relieved of his duties Thursday and replaced by Bob Melvin after going 334-376 in four-plus seasons guiding the A's. The A's rallied against the Chicago White Sox to snap their 10-game losing streak Friday.

Despite receiving criticism from players for a lack of communication over his final weeks on the job, he said he was satisfied with the way he went about things.

"I look at it that I gave 100 percent every single day that I worked for this organization, and I'm completely comfortable with how I treated everybody," Geren said. "You can never manage as many teams as I have and keep everybody happy."

Geren, who managed five minor-league teams before getting the A's job, said he planned to help coach his two sons in the Hawaiian Collegiate Baseball League this summer. He's unsure if he will manage again.

"I have no idea. It's possible," Geren said. "There are only 30 (major league) jobs. It's not a really easy opportunity to get. Right now I'm not thinking about that at all."


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  • Rich Harden (side muscle injury) faced hitters for the first time since going on the disabled list before the season. He mixed in changeups with his fastball and said he felt great. Melvin also said Harden looked sharp.

    Harden said the tentative plan is for him to throw a simulated game Wednesday, which would indicate a rehab assignment wouldn't be far off if he continues progressing.

  • Right-hander David Mota and shortstop Wilfrido Sosa, both members of the A's short-season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters, were suspended 25 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

    -- JOE STIGLICH