PHOENIX — The A's have only seen Alberto Callaspo four times at first base this spring, but manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday morning that Callaspo, a switch-hitter, will be the team's right-handed first baseman against left-handed pitching.
The A's played the Indians and the Mariners the first week of the season, and there is a chance they will see the Mariners' lefty, James Paxton, but also a chance they will miss him. And the Indians offer only right-handed starters.
Since Callaspo has never played first base before this year, he can use all the work at first he can get. Before this week, much of the right-handed first base work was given to Nate Freiman, who had the job last year but who is destined for the minors this time around.
Melvin likes what he's seen so far from Callaspo, but said the veteran infielder would likely get a game or two more this week at the position to get him tuned up.