OAKLAND -- The first time Bob Geren saw Tommy Everidge play was during his Major League debut at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

Geren is watching now. He likes what he sees, too. The A's skipper says Everidge isn't in Oakland to enjoy the ride -- he's here to start.

"He's earned a chance to play every day," Geren said before the A's series-opener against the Rangers on Monday. "He deserves it. He was hitting close to .400 in Triple-A. He's earned the playing time."

Pacific Coast League pitchers would agree.

The 6-foot, 275-pounder batted .382 with 15 doubles, nine home runs and 32 RBIs in 43 games with Sacramento. He had a .432 on-base percentage and slugged .636.

He's batting .250 through his first 24 big league at-bats.

"I like his approach," Geren said. "He has a nice swing to right-center. He's hit doubles down the right-field line, doubles off the left-field fence -- that's usually a good indicator that a guy can hit all types of pitches."

What Geren wouldn't say, though, is how long Everidge would get a chance to hit those Major League pitches.

Asked if Everidge would remain with the big club once Jason Giambi returns, Geren declined comment.

"I'd hate to speculate about that kind of thing," he said.

Giambi (strained right quad) is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday.

What's clear is that somebody needs to go. The A's have five players on the roster that see time at first base, including Daric Barton, who's also on the DL.

They'll have to decide whether to split at-bats between the veterans -- Giambi, Nomar Garciaparra and Bobby Crosby -- or play for the future with Everidge, 26, and Barton, 23.

The answer? There isn't one. Not until Giambi comes back, at least.

Until then, Everidge is an everyday player.