Justin Duchscherer felt more elbow pain and left a minor league game early today, so it’s all but certain the A’s ace will start the season on the disabled list. Duchscherer was supposed to throw 35-45 pitches , but he was pulled after throwing just 24 — allowing three runs (including a HR), three hits and a walk — in his one inning of work. “He did not come out of it well,” A’s assistant GM David Forst said. “We’ll get together with the trainers, and figure out what the next step is.”
Duchscherer hasn’t pitched in an exhibition this spring because of elbow inflammation, and just recently he began throwing off the mound after receiving a cortisone shot in his elbow.
It seems more likely now that both starting pitching prospects still in camp — Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill — will start the season in the A’s rotation. Cahill pitches tomorrow night against San Diego. Dallas Braden is in line to start Opening Day, and Dana Eveland and Sean Gallagher are in line to start the next two games. Eveland and Gallagher haven’t even officially been named to the rotation, but it would be a big surprise if they aren’t.
One other worthy tidbit: Brad Ziegler threw two innings in the same minor league game, allowing one hit and one hit batter but no runs.