Some news to get to on what looks like another nice night for baseball at the Coliseum (tickets still available).
Justin Duchscherer was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30 ,with left hip inflammation. Duchscherer, who had his cortisone shot Wednesday, said Friday that he felt good. Manager Bob Geren said Duchscherer’s next scheduled start will be Saturday. Reliever Edwar Ramirez was brought up from Triple-A Sacramento.
Dallas Braden responded to the mild uproar over his comments to csnbayarea.com regarding Alex Rodriguez, which included, “There’s things that are going to have to happen. Out of respect to my teammates, out of respect to the game.” But Braden insisted Friday that the comments have been taken out of context, that he didn’t want to get into a physical altercation with A-Rod or have this incident drag on for another two months until the A’s play the Yankees again at the Coliseum. When asked Friday about Braden’s comments, Rodrigueztold N.Y. area reporters, “I really don’t want to extend his 15 minutes of fame.” I’ll post the full interview with Braden a bit later.
Kurt Suzuki (intercostal strain) did some running Friday afternoon and will hit in the cage this weekend. He is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday, although Geren said Suzuki will not be activated on that day. If the hitting session goes well, that increases the likelihood that Suzuki will be activated in time for Tuesday’s game at Texas, though.
A’s – Pennington SS, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Kouzmanoff 3B, Rosales 2B, Fox DH, Davis CF, Patterson LF, Gonzalez P