Body language can indicate a lot, and Justin Duchscherer’s told the story during his ultra-short simulated game this morning. After just 10 pitches of a session that was supposed to go about 25, Duchscherer spiked the ball as he walked off the mound and made a beeline for the A’s clubhouse. Bob Geren told reporters that Duchscherer’s right hip started hurting as he pitched out of the stretch. That means Duchscherer won’t start Saturday (as the A’s hoped if things went well today) and Geren said he’s doubtful to return at all this season. We have yet to get Duchscherer’s take on things. By the time he went into the clubhouse, it was within an hour of first pitch, the cut-off for media access.
With just 10 games left, obviously it’s not a huge blow for the rest of this season. But you have to wonder if the hip issue will linger into next spring. Definitely not the scenario Duchscherer or the A’s hoped for today. No word yet on Saturday’s starter, but Geren said it would likely be Gio Gonzalez, Dan Meyer or Kirk Saarloos.
That’s all for now … Denorfia gets a start in right field. This makes two straight games Carlos Gonzalez isn’t starting since he was recalled from the minors. Geren loaded the lineup with righties with lefty Joe Saunders on the mound for the Angels.