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RHP Sonny Gray, who had surgery to repair a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) hand in October, said he has been throwing bullpens since the start of January and he has not had any issues. Gray said a pin remains in his left thumb but it does not cause any difficulties. Gray, 24, pitched in 12 games with Oakland last season, 10 starts, but he could be the A's No. 2 starter this season.

RHP Ryan Cook will be held back for a week or two because of right shoulder inflammation, manager Bob Melvin said. Melvin said there is no concern at the moment that Cook won't be ready for the start of the season.

OF Yoenis Cespedes said before spring training began that he would like a contract extension -- and that he would like to finish his career with the A's. Cespedes, who has two more years left on his deal, had said throughout his first two big-league seasons that he planned to explore free agency when his contract expires after the 2015 season. Cespedes also said that he has gained 15 pounds, up to 225 pounds, and cut down his swing to make better contact.

LHP Eric O'Flaherty, signed Jan. 22, said that he might be able to pitch for Oakland by the end of May. O'Flaherty had Tommy John surgery on May 21, 2013. He will be a lefty specialist for Oakland.

RHP Jarrod Parker, listed at 195 pounds, said he is over 200 pounds after concentrating on gaining strength in the offseason. Parker, who had some elbow soreness late in the season, said he wants to be as strong at the end of the season as at the start; along those lines, he also should benefit from the A's deep bullpen.

C Josh Jaso has no limitations this spring after missing the final two months of the 2013 season with a concussion. Jaso was cleared to play in December by specialist Dr. Micky Collins. Jaso could see a good amount of time at DH this season if the A's elect to keep left-handed hitting Stephen Vogt on the roster.

LHP Sean Doolittle will miss his first bullpen session or two with a right calf strain, manager Bob Melvin said. Doolittle and Ryan Cook, sidelined with a right shoulder strain, were held to a limited workload last spring to keep them fresh and Melvin estimates neither will be affected much by starting a little last this season.

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