SEATTLE All-star right-hander Justin Duchscherer went back on the disabled list Thursday because of a strained hip, the latest in an epidemic of injuries for the fallen Oakland Athletics.
Duchscherer was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, because of a pain in the same hip on which he had surgery last summer. A's manager Bob Geren said inflammation in the joint is why Duchscherer left his last start in the third inning at Minnesota on Monday.
Oakland also placed right-handed starter Sean Gallagher on the 15-day DL, also retroactive to Wednesday, due to shoulder fatigue.
The A's, who entered Thursday's series opener at Seattle having lost 18 of 22 games, have used the disabled list 23 times this season. That is once more than the previous Oakland record of 22 set in 1992 and matched last season.
The A's recalled left-handers Dana Eveland and Dan Meyer from Triple-A Sacramento to join the rotation. Eveland, in his second stint with the A's this season, is scheduled to start on Saturday. Meyer is scheduled to pitch Sunday. He is also in his second stint with Oakland this year.
The team now has an all left-handed, five-man rotation including Thursday's starter Greg Smith, Gio Gonzalez and Dallas Braden. The only other time Oakland has had an all-southpaw rotation was in 1973 with a four-man staff of Vida Blue, Ken Holtzman, Darold Knowles and Paul Lindlad.
It's a good weekend for the A's to have one. Seattle, the worst team in the AL, entered the four-game series a major league-worst 12-26 against left-handed starters.
Duchscherer received treatment in the Bay Area on Thursday to begin his second stint on the DL this season, and fourth in the last three years. He is 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts. His ERA is the second-lowest in the major leagues, but he needs 20 1-3 more innings to qualify for the league leaders at the end of the season.
Geren is optimistic Duchscherer will get that chance to qualify soon.
"It's possible he'll pitch again in a couple of weeks," the manager said. "He's optimistic."
Geren sounded less optimistic about Gallagher, acquired from the Chicago Cubs in the trade involving Rich Harden on July 8. Gallagher gave up a career-high 10 runs in five innings against Minnesota on Tuesday, then said he had no pain but that "the ball felt like a feather" and he didn't have any strength when he threw.
"Hopefully," is all Geren would say when asked if Gallagher will pitch again this season.
GLAVINE HAS SURGERY ON ELBOW: Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine underwent surgery on his left elbow and shoulder Thursday and is expected be ready for spring training.
Glavine's partially torn tendon in his elbow was repaired by Dr. James Andrews, who also cleaned up Glavine's shoulder. The Braves said the 42-year-old left-hander should be able to start a throwing program by January.
"We were pleased by the report that there was not a significant injury to the elbow or shoulder that would prevent Tom from pitching in the future," Atlanta general manager Frank Wren said in a statement.
Glavine isn't under contract for next season and only wants to pitch for Atlanta, close to his home and family. He had said he'd retire if he needed elbow ligament replacement surgery because the "Tommy John" procedure often requires at least a year of rehab.
Glavine spent the first 16 seasons of his career with the Braves, winning the World Series-clinching Game 6 against Cleveland in 1995 and the NL Cy Young Award in 1991 and '98. He also won 20 games or more five times.
CHURCH NEARING RETURN FOR METS: Ryan Church could be back in the New York Mets' outfield for the opener of a four-game series against the Houston Astros tonight.
Church has been sidelined by post-concussion syndrome since he left a game on July 5 against the Philadelphia Phillies due to dizziness six days after he came off the DL. He missed most of June following a May 20 concussion, his second in less than three months.
TWINS BRING BACK CASILLA FROM DL: The Minnesota Twins activated second baseman Alexi Casilla from the disabled list after Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics, getting their No. 2 hitter back in time for a 14-game road trip.
To make room on the roster, the Twins outrighted reliever Brian Bass to Triple-A Rochester.
Casilla played two games in a rehab assignment with Class A Beloit, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI on Tuesday night. He has been on the DL since July 29 with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
"I'm sure he's going to have some soreness," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Just play him and see what happens."
Nick Punto will move to shortstop, with Adam Everett and Brendan Harris also expected to continue to play there.
Rockies place Herges on disabled list
DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies placed reliever Matt Herges to the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday because of lower back stiffness.
The move was retroactive to Aug. 18.
The Rockies recalled Ryan Speier from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The right-hander will be available for the Rockies' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Herges, also a right-hander, was 3-4 with an ERA of 5.09 this season.
Speier is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in 30 games for Colorado so far in 2008.