Doctor to check Duchscherer's elbow

PHOENIX -- Oakland's Justin Duchscherer was scheduled to see a doctor Tuesday to have his sore right elbow examined.

The two-time All-Star, the Athletics' projected Opening Day starter, began experiencing tightness in the elbow two weeks into spring training. The right-hander has yet to appear in a game but has maintained a throwing program.

"It's a precautionary thing," A's manager Bob Geren said. "It's been a little tender."

Geren said Duchscherer may have an MRI.

Duchscherer was 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts last season, his first as a starter.