March 2010

A’s Duchscherer on tap for Minor League Start

Here’s a quick look at my story on the comeback of A’s pitcher Justin Duchscherer, which will be coming shortly on MLB.com and athletics.com:

PHOENIX
- The future is now for A’s pitcher Justin Duchscherer with only a start in a
Minor League scrimmage on Tuesday standing between him and his debut in the
Cactus League five days later.


Duchscherer
hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2008 because of various injuries.
Surgery on his right elbow cost him the entire ’09 season and he never made an
appearance in the Cactus League last spring because of the elbow injury.


Duchscherer,
who survived a bullpen session on Friday against hitters, was advised about his
schedule on Saturday by A’s pitching coach Curt Young.


“He
has me lined up for four or five starts down here,” Duchscherer told MLB.com on
Saturday. “As long as I’m ready when the season starts that’s all I care about.
I should be ready to go.”


The
A’s open the season on April 5 at the Oakland Coliseum against the Mariners.

Gwynn says he’s facing “critical” season

Here’s a peak at today’s Tony Gwynn Jr. feature, which will be posted later today on MLB.com and padres.com:

PEORIA,
Ariz. – Tony Gwynn Jr. makes no bones about what the pending 2010 season may
mean to his budding baseball career.


“It’s
a critical year, no doubt about it,” he told MLB.com before the Padres worked
out on Monday morning. “I’m 27 years old and I’m no longer in that kid mode. Even
though my big-league experience isn’t as great as your typical 27-year-old, I’ve
been around the game long enough to know that there are still things that I
need to improve. But I can’t look at it as if I’m a kid anymore.”


The
left-handed hitting Gwynn spent the offseason working on two areas: improving
his hitting against left-handed pitchers and base stealing. In his Spring
Training entrance interview with manager Bud Black and new general manager Jed
Hoyer, those were areas of primary concern, Gwynn said.

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