After a strong start to the opening month of the new 2010 season, the A’s are 3-7 in their last ten games and are currently riding a three game losing streak. The A’s promising season seems to be heading south, especially since they’ve had Kurt Suzuki to the 15-day DL. Suzuki joins SP Brett Anderson, OF Coco Crisp among others on the Athletics disabled list. According to several reports, Suzuki, the A’s leader in RBI’s last year, is out with a rib-cage strain. Suzuki, who is a big part of this Oakland team, will be aiming for a May 11th return.
Yesterday, the A’s got more bad news when SP Justin Duchscherer left the game against the Blue Jays with a hip related injury. It was described by Duchscherer to be just as painful as the hip-injury he suffered late in the 2008 season. Duchscherer, who did not play at all in 2009, was looking sharp before existing the game after throwing just 3.1 innings.
In response to the Anderson injury, the A’s decided to call up Trevor Cahill to fill in Anderson’s spot in the rotation. If Duchscherer does in fact, head to the DL, Vin Mazzaro could be called up as well. Both Cahill and Mazzaro were doing exceptionally well in Triple-A Sacramento.
The A’s will hope to turn things back around today against the Blue Jays. The A’s have had a rough week so far, but still remain in a tie for first place atop the AL West. So far, the west looks like a very “winnable” division for every team, so the A’s should be able to hang around for most of the year (they could win the division–if they could stay healthy, that is).