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Saturday, May 13, 2006
Duchscherer on DL with sore elbow

Associated Press

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.

 Justin Duchscherer

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 said.

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 play Sunday.

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 May 5.

"We've been shuffling people back and forth right now," Macha said.