Duchscherer back this week?

Another fairly slow news day as the A’s open a three-game series with the Orioles at Camden Yards. Game time temperature should be in the low 90s, still pretty darn toasty for my liking.

Dallas Braden played catch today and the next course of action will be determined by how he feels tomorrow. The best case scenario would be to see Braden throw a side tomorrow or Wednesday, and then throw another side or pitch an inning or two for Stockton or Sacramento.  

With Justin Duchscherer having another solid outing Sunday in Sacramento – throwing four scoreless innings with two hits allowed – A’s brass is tossing around the idea of bringing Duchscherer up this weekend for the series against the White Sox. Braden isn’t eligible to come off the DL until Aug. 16, and the A’s only have four healthy starters right now. The A’s homestand has six straight games before the next off day on the 20th.

The next step for Duchscherer is to throw around 80 pitches, which could easily last four or five innings. Since the bullpen has a day of rest Thursday (as of now), it could pick up the rest without much problem.

There was postive news from first baseman Daric Barton’s workout on Sunday. But there’s still some work to do before he’s ready to play in a game.

Nice to see former Orioles player and A’s manager Dick Williams, who threw out the first pitch for tonight’s game.

The lineups:

A’s – Kennedy 3B, Davis CF, Hairston LF, Cust DH, Suzuki C, Everidge 1B, Sweeney RF, Ellis 2B, Pennington SS, G. Gonzalez P.

O’s – Roberts 2B, Reimold LF, Jones CF, Markakis RF, Wigginton 1B, Scott DH, Mora 3B, Wieters C, Izturis SS, Guthrie P.

Curtis Pashelka