Urban: Suzuki Says Side Strain Still Isnt Quite Right

May 12, 2010, 11:04 pm
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May 11, 2010A'S PAGE A'S VIDEOMychael Urban

Just got off the phone with As catcher Kurt Suzuki, whomfor years was the otherwise injury ravaged teams iron man and a picture ofhealth.Now hes just another guy on the clubs always-crowdeddisabled list, and despite having gone 2-for-2 with a double, a home run and awalk as the leadoff man for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, Suzuki told me hell stay onthe DL until Saturday at the earliest.Oakland was hoping to get himback Wednesday in Texas.It still isnt quite right, he said of his strained leftoblique muscle. Hopefully it gets better in the next couple days. Im going totry to play again for the River Cats in OK on Friday, and if everything goeswell and it feels better, I might be able to come back to the As on Saturdayin Anaheim.Suzuki left Tuesdays game after three plate appearances.I dont think I tweaked it or made it worse, he said. Butit started to tighten up a little bit, and you dont want to push stuff likethis.On the DL for the first time in his career, Suzuki soundedmildly rejected when asked about dealing with his first bite from the infamousAs injury bug.Im driving myself crazy, he said. The injury bug might have even stowed away in Suzukisluggage for the rehab assignment, because the River Cats are pretty banged upthemselves. Outfield prospect Michael Taylor is the latest to feel the pain,saying that he will likely be sidelined for seven days with an upper-leg issue, though the club has not confirmed his statement.
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