PHOENIX -- Oakland A's third baseman Eric Chavez flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday to have a follow-up examination on his back.
He had an appointment with Dr. Robert Watkins, who operated on Chavez last Oct. 9. Chavez was due back in Arizona later Wednesday.
The six-time Gold Glove winner still hopes to join the A's for their opening trip to Japan to play the World Series champion Boston Red Sox on March 25-26. He is even willing to go and be the designated hitter, or serve as an ambassador to promote the series.
Whether the A's decide that's a good idea -- with the long flight and all -- isn't yet clear. They leave the desert in a week.
"I want to move this along. Do I want to play (in Japan)? Yeah, I do," Chavez said. "I don't know what will happen or should or shouldn't happen. If they want me to be there, no doubt I'll show up."
A'S 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1, at Phoenix -- Dana Eveland walked off the mound with his head held high after a 1-2-3 third inning that featured strikeouts of two former teammates.
Whatever frustrations Eveland might have felt toward his ex-bosses in Arizona, Oakland's new left-hander was more than satisfied with his outing. Eveland, who is battling for a spot in the starting rotation, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter in five scoreless innings. He retired six consecutive hitters during one stretch before giving way to Keith Foulke for the right-hander's spring debut.
PADRES 11, GIANTS 5, at Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Tim Lincecum felt more like talking about his mistakes than his successes. After missing a start to allow a slight groin strain time to heal, Lincecum gave up four runs in the first inning of the San Francisco Giants' loss to the San Diego Padres.
Lincecum followed with a scoreless second.
"Four runs in the first inning is never good," Lincecum said. "My problem was keeping the fastball up when I was ahead in the count. I have a lot of stuff to work on."
He gave up four runs and six hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.
WHITE SOX 4, ROCKIES 1, at Tucson, Ariz. -- Colorado managed six hits, with former Giants catcher Yorvit Torrealba going 2 for 3 with a double and a triple, in a loss to Chicago. Former A's player Nick Swisher was 2 for 3 for the White Sox.