PHOENIX -- Michael Choice has a thing about walls. On Monday, he ran into one, and a little later he hit a baseball over one.
The A's outfielder came up with a bit of a sore left knee after slamming his side into the wall while playing center field during Monday's 14-10 loss to Cleveland. He stayed in the game and homered later.
"I'm feeling good, basically picking up from where I left off last year," said Choice, who was hitting .287 at Double-A Midland last year until his season was ended in July by a broken hand.
Manager Bob Melvin said he likes Choice's offensive tools.
"He has a quick bat," Melvin said, "and that allows him to wait on balls."
Choice is rated the No. 2 prospect in the A's organization by Baseball America.
"It's good," Young said. "It was a little sore yesterday when I came out, but I worked with the trainers and it feels fine."
He was off Monday and will be held out an extra day Tuesday but is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday.
"After last year, it felt good just to be out on the mound in the U.S.," Okajima, who was
Melvin likes the downward plane of Okajima's pitches, something that should be difficult for left-handed hitters to master.
"I'll be out here until they tear the uniform off me," Giambi said before going 0 for 1 with two walks against the A's. "It's a good opportunity to get some playing time, and they want me to mentor the young kids, which is something I'd been doing in Colorado anyway. And I love to play ball."
Giambi, who has 1,405 career RBIs and 429 homers, needs to have a decent spring to make the team, but Cleveland manager Terry Francona is an old friend and has said the opening is there if Giambi grabs it.
Giambi said he is open to coaching or managing when he's done playing.
"Obviously I want to put the ball in play," he said. "But I'm getting a chance to look at different pitchers and learn."