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Why A’s opening night starter was scratched against Cubs in Arizona

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			Why A’s opening night starter was scratched against Cubs in Arizona

MESA, Ariz. — Bob Melvin says Kendall Graveman is on track to pitch Monday night’s opener against the Angels. But because he was feeling under the weather a day ago, he didn’t appear as scheduled against the Chicago Cubs in the A’s Cactus League finale on Wednesday at Sloan Park.

Instead of tuning up against a lineup that included NL MVP Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and other stars of the 2016 world champions, Graveman faced minor-leaguers at the A’s camp at Hohokam Park.

“He was sick yesterday,” Melvin said before Wednesday’s game. “He’s better today, but it was going to be a shorter day for him anyway.

“Based on the fact he didn’t feel great it’s better for us to monitor his innings.”

Santiago Casilla started for the A’s, followed by fellow relief pitchers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, before the A’s turned it over to the minor-league pitchers. The team was leaving later Wednesday afternoon to return for the Bay Bridge Series opener in San Francisco on Thursday.

Last year’s scheduled opening day starter, Sonny Gray, was a last-minute scratch due to a stomach virus, but Melvin said this wasn’t nearly as serious.

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