Dotel's sore elbow likely won't need surgery
Friday, May 20, 2005
There was no official word on Octavio Dotel's condition Thursday, and GM Billy Beane and assistant GM David Forst both failed to return phone calls, but Beane told KNBR that the closer's injured elbow will not require surgery.
"We're not sure if he'll go on the disabled list,'' Beane told the station. "It's still a possibility. It's a sore elbow; it's not surgical.''
Dotel was sent to see arm specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum on Wednesday. According to Beane, the worst-case scenario would put Dotel on the DL "for a few weeks.''
If that is the case, the team is likely to make a transaction before tonight's game to bring in another reliever. Britt Reames has been pitching well in a starting role at Triple-A Sacramento, but he has experience as a reliever, as does recent Sacramento addition Steve Sparks. Jairo Garcia, up briefly with Oakland last year, was moved from Double-A Midland to Sacramento last week.
In other injury news, Nick Swisher (sprained shoulder) was 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts for Sacramento in a 10-3 win at Omaha on Thursday.
Stepping up: A's starting pitchers get to come to the plate only a handful of times over the course of a season, but this weekend, they'll be in the lineup.
Tonight's starter, Dan Haren, is a former National Leaguer, and said he was a pretty decent hitter in college and the minors, but he was just 2-for-37 with St. Louis.
"I'm very excited,'' Haren said. "We did a little hitting in the cage the past few days and I'm impressed with Joe Blanton -- he looks like he has some pop. He's a big boy. ... I have a lot riding on my swing, I've been talking my game up.''
Blanton, Saturday's starter, hasn't hit in the pros, and Sunday's starter, Barry Zito, is 0-for-19.
Advice for Hatteberg: When Scott Hatteberg committed his sixth error, a major-league high for first basemen, on Tuesday night, infield coach Ron Washington left him alone, but he made sure to track him down for a pep talk Wednesday.
"I've never seen him as dejected as he was (Tuesday),'' Washington said. "So I figured I had to help him find a solution.
"I was just telling him that where he was going wrong is he's got to start working his feet, because right now, the ball is playing him,'' Washington said. "He does it right in practice and does it another way in the game. He just has to trust his technique and not be concerned about making a mistake, and if he does that, he'll be a good Hatteberg again.''
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