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Duchscherer’s doctor appointment postponed, other A’s pregame stuff

UPDATE: Through a team spokesperson, Justin Duchscherer declined to address reporters about why his appointment to get a cortisone shot was postponed. Bob Geren said only that they would “attempt to do it tomorrow.” The fact that it was postponed makes you wonder if the condition of his hip has worsened. Then again, there could be absolutely nothing newsworthy to this. Perhaps the doctor who was supposed to see him wasn’t available.

The point is, when a player refuses to talk, it only leads to more speculation and curiosity about what’s going on …

Anyway, the fun will continue tomorrow …

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Quick recap on the day’s news as the A’s take batting practice …

–Justin Duchscherer’s appointment to get a cortisone shot in his hip was postponed until tomorrow, with very little explanation from manager Bob Geren. Hopefully we get a chance to talk to Duchscherer after BP.

–Brett Anderson is back with the team, and Geren says the lefty should start throwing after the weekend.

–Mark Ellis is eligible to come off the DL on Thursday, but it doesn’t appear he’ll be back anytime soon. Ellis is back home in Phoenix, and according to Geren he’s on Day 3 of a rehab program. What does that entail? He’s hitting off a tee right now to test his strained left hamstring, and he won’t graduate to live BP until he’s completely pain free swinging off the tee. Geren said Ellis also will require a rehab assignment to test his hamstring at game speed.

So we’ll be seeing more of Adam Rosales at second base. And that’s no bad thing considering he’s one of the few guys hitting well right now (although that pop-up last night in the ninth inning sure killed the A’s momentum).

–Infielder Steve Tolleson was optioned to Triple-A to clear a roster spot for right-hander Vin Mazzaro, who starts tonight. That doesn’t leave a true backup middle infielder, so Rosales would have to slide over to shortstop if something happened to Cliff Pennington, and Eric Patterson could play second.

Tonight’s lineups:

A’s: Pennington SS; Barton 1B; Sweeney RF; Kouzmanoff 3B; Chavez DH; Rosales 2B; Patterson LF; Powell C; Davis CF; Mazzaro RHP.

Rangers: Andrus SS; Young 3B; Hamilton LF; Guerrero DH; Kinsler 2B; Murphy RF; Smoak 1B; Treanor C; Borbon CF; Feldman RHP.

Joe Stiglich