02/20/07 8:00 PM ET
Notes: Relieved Crosby takes first cuts
Recovering shortstop reports no pain after light workout
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
"I'm taking grounders just like I do during the season," Crosby said.
More arrivals: Recently signed outfielder Shannon Stewart made his first appearance of spring in the clubhouse and took some batting practice on the field, while third baseman Eric Chavez went the stealth route and got some work in without drawing any media attention.Chavez and former A's infielder Frank Menechino, who will report to Rockies camp later this week, hit in the tarp-covered cage early on Tuesday. "Eric looked great," Geren said. "He looked really, really strong and happy. It was nice to see him. And it's always good to see 'Big Bank' Frank." Oakland's position players are required to check in with the team by the close of business on Wednesday, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Thursday. The only players expected to be on the big-league roster who haven't yet made an appearance are outfielders Mark Kotsay and Bobby Kielty, infielders Marco Scutaro and Antonio Perez and designated hitter Mike Piazza. "As far as I know," Geren said, "everyone will be here by tomorrow." Dribblers: Geren was impressed with Crosby's new look, which features the scruffy beginnings of a full beard and curly, medium-length hair that makes him look like Justin Timberlake's buffed-out big brother. "I'm not used to seeing him with any hair." ... Owner Lew Wolff was at camp on Tuesday, meeting some of the new players and coaches. ... Rule 5 outfielder Ryan Goleski, who underwent offseason wrist surgery and will have to make the big-league team this spring or be offered back to the Indians, impressed Geren during batting practice. "He has a nice swing," Geren said. "Very nice swing." ... Rawlings has included Chavez on a ballot listing the 50 greatest Gold Glove winners of the past 50 years. The company is asking fans to vote for the best player at each position during its Gold Glove Golden Anniversary celebration, titled the "Summer of Glove," at RawlingsGoldGlove.com. Chavez has won six of the awards, but it'd be a major upset if he beats out Orioles legend Brooks Robinson, who won a record 16 Gold Gloves at the hot corner.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.