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Ziegler’s back; Sunday pregame update

There’s a few clouds over head, but the roof is open at Safeco Field leading up to this afternoon’s series finale between the A’s and Mariners. Not a whole lot to report from the A’s clubhouse, but closer Brad Ziegler is back w/the team. He’s unlikely to pitch today, but Ziegler said he wanted to play catch and hopefully be ready tomorrow night against the Angels. Bob Geren echoed that thought.

Ziegler had been battling the flu since Wednesday, and though it wasn’t stomach flu-like stuff, he didn’t eat much and estimates he lost about 8 pounds. He did say he was a little worried considering how much the swine flu has dominated headlines, as were the A’s. They ran his symptoms by doctors, but it was more precautionary, according to Ziegler. “There were some symptoms of (the swine flu) I never experienced. But with something new that you haven’t heard of, you never know.”

Michael Wuertz and Russ Springer are the logical options in a save situation today.

–A bit of a different look w/the A’s lineup, with Kurt Suzuki at DH and Landon Powell catching.

Here’s the full lineup behind Josh Outman, making his first start in 16 days:

Sweeney CF
Cabrera SS
Giambi 1B
Holliday LF
Cust RF
Suzuki DH
Crosby 3B
Petit 2B
Powell C

And for Seattle …

Ichiro RF
Lopez 2B
Sweeney DH
Beltre 3B
Branyan 1B
Balentien LF
Johjima C
Gutierrez CF
Betancourt SS

Jakubauskas P.

Joe Stiglich

  • Rob

    Josh looked great. Leads the team among starters in K’s/IP. 16/16 Too bad they pulled him out early. We may have won.