The A's 2012 regular season resumed Friday against the Mariners, and finally their roster appears to be set, for now. They chose to go in interesting routes, like maintaining only a four-man rotation and having three lefties in the bullpen, but it's safe to say that this roster is only temporary.
With that said, there are several surprising names on the A's 25-man roster and several surprising names playing in Sacramento right now. For the time being, having a seven-man bullpen and an extra outfielder is a luxury they can afford, but one they won't be able to keep in the coming months.
Having players like Daric Barton and Brett Anderson not far away from returning from injury, expect the A's to continue to shuffle around their roster until they're at full strength. In the meantime, these players will be called upon to produce for the A's, and who knows, some may impress enough to warrant staying in Oakland once other guys are scheduled to return.
These are five surprising moves the A's made when finalizing their opening day roster.