SCOTTSDALE — Bob Melvin says it's probably not the ideal scenario for the manager to get thrown out of a game in spring training, but it's unlikely he'll get from the dugout to the plate any faster than he did Friday.
Melvin was in a full-out sprint to the plate after Adam Rosales was wrongfully, in Melvin's view, called out at the plate in the eighth inning of a 2-all tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
``Adam got his hand on home plate and Greenie's (Grant Green) is out there trying to get a good at-bat,'' the manager said after the game, which was called at 2-2 after nine innings. ``We've got guys battling out there. I don't know how quick I got out there, but ...''
But it was fast, although Usain Bolt has nothing to fear. Melvin was not kicked out of the game.
The top of the eighth inning completed, the bottom of the eighth also held some drama for the A's. Reliever Pat Neshek gave up a pair of two-out hits, but Garrett Olson, a left-handed longshot to earn a bullpen job, came on and got the strikeout that preserved the tie.
``We try to put pitchers in situations they could face,'' Melvin said. ``He did a nice job, and pitched the ninth with just one walk.''
The A's have split-squad games at home against the Angels and on the road in Glendale against the White Sox. And since the club wants recovering opening day starter Brett Anderson (neck and back issues) to face neither of these teams, he'll pitch in a minor league game at the club's Papago Park complex.
Travis Blackley, who solidified the A's rotation down the stretch in the 2012 pennant drive, will pitch in Phoenix Muni against the Angels and Jarrod Parker, the team's No. 2 starter, will throw against the White Sox.
Because their Nos. 1 and 2 starters are going on the same day, the A's are going to have to modify the rotation in the next week or so to get Anderson pitching one day ahead of Parker. They began the spring that way, but Anderson's injury forced him to go six days between starts this time around.
Blackley is still being evaluated as a spot starter and long reliever, but he needs a couple of starts to get stretched out to be ready to fit either role.
Asked if it was time for Scott Sizemore, the starter at third two years ago who is in the competition for the second base job in 2013, to get some work at third base, Melvin said no.
``Donaldson's average isn't good,'' the manager said. ``But he's hitting the ball hard, and had a couple of home runs taken away in that rainout we had (in Peoria) with the Mariners (last Friday).''