Saturday, May 13, 2006
Duchscherer on DL with sore elbow
NEW YORK -- The Oakland Athletics put All-Star reliever Justin Duchscherer on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and recalled right-hander Chad Gaudin from Triple-A Sacramento.
Duchscherer hasn't pitched since May 6 against Tampa Bay because of tightness and soreness in his right elbow. He was diagnosed with
tendinitis, manager Ken Macha said, and the A's hope rest will
remedy the problem.
"He wants to get this straightened out. We do, too," Macha
The A's did get slugging third baseman Eric Chavez and catcher Jason Kendall back after both missed four games.
Chavez, who had been out with a bacterial infection, was the designated hitter against the New York Yankees. Kendall, who served
a suspension for charging the mound May 2 against John Lackey of
the Los Angeles Angels, started behind the plate.
Oakland DH Frank Thomas (strained right quadriceps) sat out for the second consecutive game, but Macha said he might be able to
Oakland's only All-Star last year, Duchscherer is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA and two saves in 15 appearances this season. He has struck out 16 batters and walked four in 16 1/3 innings.
The right-hander was placed on the DL retroactive to May 7.
"He's a guy that can go one inning, two innings, gives you that
bridge to the closer," Macha said. "Hopefully, at the end of the
10 days we'll have him back."
According to Macha, Duchscherer said he felt fine after playing
catch Friday, but then he threw a ball during batting practice and
reported that "something clicked in there."
"He said he had pretty good pain in there," Macha said. "He's
had some discomfort starting in spring training. There's always
concern for that."
Macha said the team suggested Duchscherer not pick up a ball for
about three days, or until the A's return to Oakland.
Gaudin went 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA and one save in four appearances
for Oakland earlier this season. He was optioned to Sacramento on
"We've been shuffling people back and forth right now," Macha