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X-rays negative on Suzuki's left hand

X-rays negative on Suzuki's left hand

X-rays negative on Suzuki's left hand
BOSTON -- Catcher Kurt Suzuki is listed as day to day after undergoing an X-ray on his left hand that proved negative on Thursday's off-day in St. Petersburg.

That's good news for the A's, who watched Suzuki stay on the ground for an extended period after he was drilled on the hand by a Daniel Bard 90-mph fastball in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Red Sox.

Suzuki was checked out by the team's trainers before taking his base and staying in the game. Not even a ball off his thumb on the same hand while catching in the next inning could keep him out.

"I finished the game and I just think everything is OK," said Suzuki, whose swollen hand was wrapped in a bandage following the contest.

"I was considering taking him out, but he wouldn't let me do it," manager Bob Melvin said. "He wasn't coming out of that game. He's a tough kid."

Should Suzuki miss Friday's opener vs. the Rays, backup catcher Anthony Recker is likely to garner the start, alongside scheduled starter Tyson Ross.

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