• In addition to Bruce Billings, the A's also reassigned Sonny Gray and Justin Thomas on Saturday.
• Addison Russell, Oakland's No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, got his second start of the spring on Saturday, batting ninth and in the designated-hitter spot.
"When you bring a kid like that into camp, one of the top prospects, he's here for a reason," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I want to get him some at-bats. I think for a youngster, sometimes the DH role can take away some of the nerves and get him more comfortable. He's done a nice job, though. He doesn't look like he's 19 years old. He doesn't act like it, either. It's always nice to reward somebody like that."
In his first 12 at-bats of the spring, Russell has four hits and a pair of RBIs.
• Melvin said Tommy Milone is using part of this spring to learn how to pitch differently in smaller parks while away from Oakland. The 26-year-old finished with a 2.74 ERA at the Oakland Coliseum last season but struggled on the road with a 4.83 ERA.
"You can't help but look at the numbers, because of the way his style of pitching plays at bigger ballparks like ours," Melvin said. "He throws a lot of strikes, and maybe at times you go a little bit out of the zone more in some smaller parks, where balls in the air end up getting out of the park. I know he's working to get more ground balls, too."
• Seth Smith and Josh Reddick spent time Saturday taking grounders at first base during workouts.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less