OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics right-hander Justin Duchscherer is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday after leaving his first start in more than four years with slight biceps tendinitis in his throwing arm.
Duchscherer missed much of last season with a hip injury and hoped that a shift to the starting rotation would be better on his body this year. But he's already nicked up after one start.
"It's extremely frustrating because I felt great for the first four innings," he said Saturday. "I felt locked in, I was throwing everything where I wanted, my body felt good. Then I threw one pitch in the fifth and felt my biceps pull. Hopefully it's just a couple day thing."
Duchscherer retired the first 11 batters he faced against Cleveland on Friday. He first felt the injury in the fifth inning, but stayed in the game after being visited by trainer Steve Sayles. Duchscherer then left in the sixth while facing his third batter of the inning.
"The reason I went back out for the sixth inning is I've never had it before," he said. "I needed to see what it felt like to throw. I tried to get through the next inning but couldn't."
He allowed one run and four hits with six strikeouts in five-plus innings to earn the victory in Oakland's 6-3 win over the Indians.
Duchscherer said he hoped it was a good sign that he that he doesn't feel any pain in his arm when he's not throwing. If the MRI shows only a slight strain in the biceps, Duchscherer hopes to get on the mound soon to throw again and would like to make his next start.
If the injury is more serious, the A's would have to look at another starter for Duchscherer's next time in the rotation. Manager Bob Geren said Chad Gaudin, who is pitching in the minors as he recovers from offseason surgery on his foot and hip, would be an option. Gaudin is currently scheduled to pitch in the minors Monday but that could change depending on Duchscherer's status.
Duchscherer made three starts in September 2003 for Oakland before being moved to the bullpen. He excelled there, becoming an All-Star in 2005 before missing the final 125 games a year ago with a strained right hip.