Athletics: Lindblom worked 1-2-3 innings in the first four frames before faltering in the fifth. After striking out Smoak and getting Seager to fly out in the fifth, Lindblom allowed his first hit - a double to Morrison - before Ackley homered to center. Lindblom scattered two earned runs on two hits, one walk and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings.
“Now two down in the rotation, need some depth behind them,” Melvin said. “Decision was either use him for length or stretch him out. We felt like right now we need to stretch him out and have him ready to start.”
“Today, I saw a better slider than we’d seen out of him,” he said.
“He pitched better,” McClendon said. “He was a little bit more crisp. Still made a couple questionable pitches that you just can’t have when trying to win games.”
Wolf worked quickly through the first three innings, allowing just one baserunner. He unraveled a bit in the fourth, giving up a leadoff walk and then the home run to Donaldson. Wolf scattered three earned runs on six hits and two walks, while fanning one.
Athletics: Relievers Ryan Cook and Fernando Rodriguez and outfielder Craig Gentry will begin the season on the disabled list. All three will only participate in minor league games through the rest of spring training.
Hart, an outfielder and first baseman, could begin the regular season as Seattle’s designated hitter.
“I’m not so sure how much right field he is going to play starting off, we’ll see,” McClendon said. “The goal is to keep him physically sound. And if DH’ing him is the better option, that’s probably what we’ll lean toward.”
Athletics: Right-hander Murphy Smith was scheduled to make his Cactus League debut against the Texas Rangers at 1:05 p.m. Monday.