Ellis visits, stays? Mazzaro called up, Duchscherer visits doctor

It’s shaping up to be a very nice day for baseball at the Coliseum as the A’s and Tigers conclude their short series. Mark Ellis (strained left hamstring) was in the A’s clubhouse this morning and said he’s feeling great. The plan for he and Coco Crisp as of now is to play in Sacramento Friday night, but Ellis said he would like to avoid that if possible and be back on the A’s roster by then.

Vin Mazzaro was called up from the River Cats this morning, with Henry Rodriguez optioned back to Triple-A. Mazzaro will be used in the bullpen today for long relief purposes, considering Tyson Ross will probably only throw 70-75 pitches. A’s manager Bob Geren said the plan remains for Brett Anderson to pitch in Sacramento on Monday, throwing between 50-60 pitches. Justin Duchscherer is visiting a Bay Area doctor today. We may get an update on how that went after the game, but there are no real details as of now.

 The lineups

A’s – Pennington SS, Barton 1B, Sweeney RF, Suzuki C, Cust LF, Kouzmanoff 3B, Chavez DH, Rosales 2B, Davis CF, Ross P.

Tigers – Jackson CF, Damon LF, Ordonez DH, Cabrera 1B, Boesch RF, Inge 3B, Avila C, Santiago SS, Worth 2B, Bonderman P.

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