The Injuries Are Adding Up

It's like deja vu all over again. Last May, the A's saw key players such as Bobby Crosby, Nick Swisher, Octavio Dotel, Erubiel Durazo and Rich Harden miss time with injuries. This May is turning into much of the same.

Add Frank Thomas to the very long list of injured A's players.

Thomas pulled a quadriceps in the eighth inning after running from first to third on a Bobby Kielty double.

"We've been falling one by one," Thomas said. "It's getting ugly. I'm feeling good at the plate. This is not the right time for me [to get hurt]."

Nor the right time for the team.

Eric Chavez was taken to a Toronto hospital Thursday morning for an IV and for blood tests. Food poisoning was ruled out, but he has a bacterial infection that leads to diarrhea. The A's third base fill-ins for Chavez, Antonio Perez and Marco Scutaro, have gone hittless in his absence.

Chavez is doubtful for Friday's series opener in New York. Jason Kendall still one more game to serve on his suspension. Valuable setup men Joe Kennedy (biceps soreness) and Justin Duchscherer (elbow tendinitis) weren't available again. Rich Harden, Esteban Loiaza and Milton Bradley are all on the DL.

A's manager Ken Macha gave Mark Kotsay a day off to make sure Kotsay's back didn't flare up from playing three straight games on artificial turf. Dan Johnson is limping on a bum knee, too.

Thomas hopes the injury isn't too severe, but it's likely to keep him out a few days. The good news was his left foot wasn't injured. After dealing with broken bones, he wasn't as worried about a muscle pull.

"I hope it's just a tweak," he said. "You never know. I've been working out my legs the last couple days. Maybe it was tight. I'm hoping."

The A's travel to New York to take on the Yankees in a three-game series. The New York area is scheduled for a wet weekend, so it remains to be seen how many of the three games will be played. Both the A's and Yankees could use a day off, considering the injury woes for both teams. New York lost Hideki Matsui to a broken wrist on Thursday and Gary Sheffield is already on the DL.

Thursday's Notebook

--OF Nick Swisher's two solo homers were most of the A's offense. It was Swisher's third multi-homer game this year and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.

--INF Antonio Perez is hitless in 21 at-bats (with 11 strikeouts) overall this year, the most at-bats in the majors without a hit. Compounding the problem, Perez's defense has been shaky, too.

--INF Marco Scutaro, who is 1 for 30 over his last 14 games, started Thursday and made a throwing error that led to two unearned runs in the fourth inning of Toronto's 8-3 win over the A's.

--RHP Matt Roney pitched a combined three innings the last two days, giving up one run. They were Roney's first appearances in the majors since the 2003 season, which he spent in the majors with Detroit as a Rule 5 draft pick.

--RHP Justin Duchscherer was able to turn a doorknob, a positive sign since he's been slowed by elbow tendinitis. He hopes to be available this weekend in New York.

BY THE NUMBERS: 8 1/4 -- Hat size for A's pitcher Matt Roney, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on May 5.

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