Adversity? Bring it on, A’s say 

Welcome to Balls at the Bay Bridge Series, special A’s edition. The real season is still days away, and the A stands for Adversity already.

Coco Crisp will undergo surgery on his bum elbow today and be out of action from two weeks (his dream) to eight weeks (the official prognosis). Which means that, with Josh Reddick (strained oblique) also on the disabled list, the team will be without two of its starting outfielders on Opening Day.

Manager Bob Melvin’s cup is one-third full, not two-thirds empty, but hey, it’s only April 3.

“Depth has been something we’ve taken at hard look at, and situations like this is when it comes into play,” Melvin told me when I asked whether the reserves could at least tread water for a while. “Billy Burns has had a great spring. We’ll see how he does in these last few days. Tyler Ladendorf is another guy who can play a little bit everywhere. ... Mark Canha, Craig Gentry ... we feel like we’re covered there, although you never want to lose a couple of starters.”

And don’t forget Ben Zobrist, who can play all three outfield positions but not at the same time, I don’t believe.

QUAYLE TALE: Everyone has a favorite Opening Day memory, and Melvin has one of his own. Kinda. Sorta.

“I got to catch the first pitch from Dan Quayle in Baltimore back in 19...”

You mean the Republican vice president? He threw from the right, no doubt.

“You know, I think he was a lefty, actually. I’m pretty sure that was my only home start.”

Was it a strike?

“I don’t remember.”

C’mon, skip, that’s it? No four-hit game? No 400-foot homer? Not even a successful squeeze bunt?

“I’m searching. I mean, I didn’t have any walk-off homers on Opening Day or anything like that, so I’m doing the best I can.”

Melvin did hit .233 and stay at a Holiday Inn Express, though.

SO LONG, BARRY?: Melvin said the rotation will consist of Sonny Gray, Jesse Hahn, Scott Kazmir, Kendall Graveman and Drew Pomeranz in that order. As for old man Barry Zito, he’s scheduled to make a courtesy appearance against his former Giants team on Saturday, which is Say Buh-bye to Barry Zito Day.

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