Suzuki, Allen OK after exiting exhibition early

Suzuki, Allen OK after exiting exhibition early

Suzuki, Allen OK after exiting exhibition early
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Saturday night's exhibition vs. the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats was marked by a couple of scary moments for the A's, as Kurt Suzuki and Brandon Allen had to leave the game.

Suzuki was hit by a Jarrod Parker pitch on his left arm above the elbow in the first inning and came around to score on an error, but was then replaced by Anthony Recker.

Allen left the game in the fourth inning after a warmup throw bounced off the dirt and hit his face below his right eye.

Manager Bob Melvin said both injuries aren't considered to be serious.

"Suzuki's fine. He wasn't going to catch much anyways," Melvin said. "I just wanted him to catch an inning or two, and then when he got hit, I said, 'I'm not going to mess with that.'"

Allen sported an inch-long cut and some swelling on his right cheek after the game but said the injury wouldn't require stitches. He was 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts and was replaced by Kila Ka'aihue, who is also fighting to become Oakland's everyday first baseman.

"Just an in-between hop," Allen said.