ST. PETERSBURG -- As the losses pile up for Oakland, the speed at which players recover from injuries becomes increasingly important. Especially when the list of ailing players is long.
On Thursday Erubiel Durazo was added to the banged up list. Durazo, who played a game in the field for the first time this season last weekend at San Francisco, was not available for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay due to soreness in his left elbow. A's manager Ken Macha said he wasn't sure if Durazo overworked the arm in the batting cages.
"He's been getting treatment on it for a few days now," Macha said. "It got to the point where [head trainer] Larry [Davis] thought a day off would help."
Davis said the injury came from the throwing it took to get ready for the game in the field.
Bobby Crosby, who left a rehab assignment in Class A Stockton when he heard his father was in intensive care at a hospital in Southern California, is expected to join Triple-A Sacramento this weekend. Davis said the plans are set through Sunday and the team will reevaluate the shortstop then.
Pitcher Rich Harden, on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain, played catch for the second time. His injury will likely require a future rehab assignment, Davis said.
Down on the farm
: Triple-A Sacramento lost a close one, 4-3, in extra innings, while Double-A Midland and Class A Stockton churned out wins Wednesday.
The River Cats (24-23), who are second in the South Division of the Pacific Coast League, couldn't pull out a 13-inning affair that included a one-hour and 20-minute rain delay. Center fielder Javier Herrera was 2-for-4 with a home run and a pair of RBIs, and catcher Steve Jackson was 2-for-5 with a home run.
Midland (29-17), first in the West Division of the Texas League, used a big 10-run third inning defeat the Springfield Cardinals, 16-7. Catcher Casey Meyers paced the Rockhounds, going 3-for-6 with a double, home run and three RBIs. Designated hitter Brian Staviskey went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. Starter Drew Dickinson (2-5) pitched six innings and gave up one run on four hits.
Stockton (22-23), fourth in the North Division of the California League, got a good outing from starter Jason Windsor (2-2) to beat High Desert, 7-6.
With the completion of a three-game series at Tampa Bay, Oakland will be off to Cleveland for three games to wrap up a nine-game road trip. The series will mark the first time the A's play the Indians this season. Oakland was 7-2 against Cleveland last season, including a 2-1 record at Jacobs Field. The A's host the Devil Rays on Monday for the teams' third series this season.
Thomas Simonetti is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.