Giambi awaits activation from DL

Giambi awaits activation from DL

OAKLAND -- Jason Giambi is ready and eligible to come off the disabled list.

"I'm healthy," he said earlier in the homestand. "I feel great."

Giambi remains on the DL, though.

Manager Bob Geren said there was no change in Giambi's status. He wouldn't elaborate on what status that is, or what's keeping Giambi from being activated.

"Nothing has changed," Geren said repeatedly.

So when the A's host the Rangers in the third game of a four-game set on Wednesday, nothing is expected to change.

Tommy Everidge, Nomar Garciaparra and Bobby Crosby remain options at first base. Giambi remains on the DL, waiting -- and wondering -- when he'll be activated.

Pitching matchup
OAK: RHP Chad Reineke (2009 debut)
With Dallas Braden (inflamed left ankle) scratched, Reineke has been called up from Triple-A Sacramento to start in his place. Reineke is 5-4 with a 4.37 ERA in 24 games (16 starts) with the River Cats this season. The 27-year-old pitched in four games (three starts) with the Padres last season, going 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 18 innings. He's never faced the Rangers.

TEX: RHP Vicente Padilla (8-5, 4.66 ERA)
Padilla allowed three earned runs over six innings against the Mariners on Friday. It was his ninth quality start, which ranks third on the Rangers' staff. He had missed his two previous starts due to the swine flu. Padilla has a 7-3 record with a 3.69 ERA over his last 12 starts and is 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA in seven starts on the road this season. He has logged at least six innings in 11 of his last 14 starts.

Adam Kennedy didn't start on Tuesday because Geren wanted to get another right-handed bat in the lineup. "He's pretty much played every day," Geren said. The A's are scheduled to face eight right-handers in a row starting on Wednesday. ... Geren said there's no update on Justin Duchscherer, who missed his scheduled rehab start on Friday for non-baseball-related reasons. ... Kennedy is batting .394 with runners in scoring position, good for third in the American League. ... Chris Carter is on an 18-game hitting streak. He leads the Texas League in runs scored (92), home runs (19), hits (135), doubles (34), total bases (230), on-base percentage (.422) and OPS (.975).

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Up next
• Thursday: Athletics (Trevor Cahill, 6-10, 5.01) vs. Rangers (Tommy Hunter, 3-2, 2.63), 12:35 p.m. PT
• Friday: Athletics (Vin Mazzaro, 2-8, 5.73) at Royals (Brian Bannister, 7-7, 3.59), 5:10 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Athletics (Brett Anderson, 6-8, 4.20) at Royals (Zack Greinke, 10-7, 2.36), 4:10 p.m. PT

Adam Loberstein is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.