Suzuki's return pushed to at least Saturday

Suzuki's return pushed to at least Saturday

ARLINGTON -- Kurt Suzuki's bat proved more than ready for a big league return after a big day at the plate for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday night.

The catcher's intercostal strain, however, told him a different story.

Suzuki will stay with Sacramento until at least Friday to continue rehabbing the strain that landed him on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career back on April 30. The transaction was retroactive to April 24, and Suzuki was expected to join the A's in Texas on Wednesday.

"After the game, when he went back to his hotel, he felt a little sore," said manager Bob Geren. "He didn't quite feel ready."

In five innings for the River Cats in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Suzuki went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run to go along with three runs and three RBIs.

Geren said the 26-year-old Suzuki will take Wednesday and Thursday off, but he will play Friday and could potentially meet up with the A's in Anaheim on Saturday, when right-hander Justin Duchscherer (left hip) is also due back and slated to start.

In the meantime, Landon Powell will be given regular catching duties. He entered Wednesday's contest against the Rangers batting .160, but has seven walks and has reached base safely in all eight games in which he has batted. Along with tallying his first career steal Tuesday, he scored the winning run in the A's 13-inning 7-6 win.

"We're always going to miss Kurt no matter how well we're playing," Geren said. "He's a valuable player to this team, but Landon's been doing a nice job."