In today's "good news" column (and there's precious little of it), Brett Anderson was dealing in his start today. He allowed all of two hits in his 4.0 innings, striking out one while walking nobody. Kilby relieved him and allowed just a solo homerun in his two innings; the real damage was done to Souza and Demel.
The A's racked up six whole hits and one whole run during their at-bats (against Zito, even!). Patterson had a hit and a walk, Suzuki had a walk, Koooooooooooouuuuuz had two hits and the lone RBI on the day, Cust struck out every time up, Sweeney had two hits in his three AB's, and Buck worked a walk.
That is, literally, everything that happened in today's game. But I hear there was green beer on tap!
Please make sure you have some before you read any further. We have a lot of injury news, I don't know which one of you broke the A's today, but you had better find a way to reverse it...and quick!
Let me explain. No...there is too much. Let me quote Jane Lee:
- Andrew Bailey is out five to seven days with lateral epicondylitis, a condition usually caused by overuse that involves soreness on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow.
- Craig Breslow will not throw two to four days as he treats medial tendinitis in his elbow.
- Joey Devine was supposed to play catch for the first time in a week after experiencing tendinitis in his surgically repaired elbow, but he took another day off and will attempt to throw "free and easy" up to 80 feet on Thursday.
- Justin Duchscherer tossed three innings (45 pitches) in a Minor League intrasquad game Wednesday morning and came out of it feeling great. He's hoping to make his Cactus League debut Monday when the A's travel to play the Mariners and believes he'll be good to go come the start of the season.
- Michael Wuertz has yet to pitch in a game and was scratched from his scheduled appearance in the same intrasquad game in which Duchscherer pitched. Manager Bob Geren said the right-hander's shoulder isn't bouncing back well, but after checking in with Wuertz this afternoon, it sounds like he could see game action as early as tomorrow. He mentioned he deals with this same shoulder issue every spring after getting in a lot of work the year before. He said 19 days (the time between now and Opening Day) is plenty of time to get on track.
- Rajai Davis was a late scratch in Wednesday's game due to what was announced as tenderness in his left quadriceps. He was replaced in center field by Eric Patterson. UPDATE: A corrected report says Rajai was scratched due to an "abdominal issue," not his quadriceps.
- Coco Crisp continues to progress with his strained left hamstring and is still following his throwing program to get his surgically repaired shoulder ready for Opening Day. Crisp has only seen time in the DH spot this spring.
What happened to our bullpen? And what will this mean for Opening Day?