OAKLAND — Michael Choice was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and resides in the off-season in nearby Arlington, home of the Rangers.

Who better then for the A's first round pick of the 2010 draft to make his big league debut Monday against than the Rangers, who are opening a series against the A's at the Coliseum with a Labor Day afternoon game?

``I'm excited; I've been waiting for this for a long time,'' Choice said. The outfielder will debut as the A's designated hitter so that Oakland manager Bob Melvin can start an all-right-handed lineup against Rangers' lefty Derek Holland.

He's not the only one excited. His parents are here, as is his wife, his sister-in-law and 2-year-old son Blair.

``It's great to have everybody here,'' he said. ``It's special.''

The A's believe Choice is special. He hit .302 this year for Triple-A Sacramento with 14 homers and 89 RBIs. Even in the midst of a pennant race, there may be room for Choice to get regular at-bats ... depending.

``There could be,'' Melvin said when asked if there was a regular role for Choice, perhaps as the right-handed DH or in the outfield. ``If he performs. ``His performance will determine how much he plays.''

Choice said he expects no less.

``This year, every year I've prepared myself for this,'' he said. ``I plan to get ready to play each day's game. Being ready to play is the most important thing.''

  • Catcher Derek Norris was scheduled to catch a full game Monday on an injury rehabilitation assignment for Triple-A Sacramento.

    He's less than two weeks removed from having fractured his left big toe, but he's expected to be activated from the disabled list when eligible on Thursday.

    ``The plan is for him to play nine (innings) today,'' Melvin said. ``If he continues to be healthy he'll be activated Sept. 5.''

  • Catcher John Jason hasn't entirely given up on the thought of catching again this year, but he said Monday he suspects if he plays again this year it will be as a designated hitter and pinch hitter.

    He's been out since late July with a concussion and when he went through stretching and the regular pre-game workout with the A's during Tampa Bay series, he came out of the experience still feeling the nausea that has been his semi-constant companion since a concussion put him on the disabled list.

    ``That would seem to make the most sense to me,'' Jaso said. ``Do you want to have someone catching who might get dizzy out there?