10/03/2003 6:13 PM ET
Notes: Guillen doubtful for Game 3
Hudson likely to get start in potential Game 4
BOSTON -- Jose Guillen surprised everyone with his ability to play through the pain of a broken hamate bone in his left hand.
By Kent Schacht / MLB.com
But after coming out of Thursday's game in the sixth inning and being unable to participate in Friday's workout at Fenway Park, Guillen said the building pain may keep him out of Saturday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
"It's getting worse," he said before Friday's workout. "There's more swelling. I'm not doing anything today.
"We'll see how it feels tomorrow, but I don't think I'm going to be able to play," he added. "I don't think I'm going to make it."
Guillen, who has started Games 1 and 2 for Oakland, going 1-for-4 with two walks and a run scored, will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, according to A's manager Ken Macha.
If Guillen is unavailable, Billy McMillon or Terrence Long would be the top candidates to start on Saturday.
Pressure's on? Red Sox Game 3 starter Derek Lowe went on the offensive, so to speak, in his press conference on Friday, inferring that a win on Saturday shifts all the pressure back onto the A's.
"If we can win one, the pressure is still on them, as crazy as it sounds," Lowe said.
Eric Chavez didn't necessarily agree, noting there's pressure on every team, no matter what the circumstances this time of year.
"Every team's got pressure," he said. "It's kind of like a double-edged sword. You get to the playoffs and you don't advance and people are like, 'What's wrong with you guys?'
"The Yankees have pressure -- if they lose, heads are going to be chopped. The Twins -- it's their second time," Chavez said. "It's good that (Lowe) feels that way. Hopefully tomorrow he'll be ready to go. This game's a huge game."
The A's third baseman knows that all too well. He was one of 12 Athletics on the playoff roster that was on the 2001 Oakland squad that went up 2-0 against New York at Yankee Stadium but couldn't close it out.
"We just want to go out and get it done," he said. " Hopefully we'll capitalize on it and do whatever we can to win that game tomorrow -- just as if we were facing elimination."
"I think the mood with all the players after we came off the field the other day was that we've had two wins before in a playoff series -- every time we've been here, really," he said. "I think everybody is pretty reserved and they know they've got to continue to play good baseball."
If necessary: Macha declined to name his possible Game 4 starter, but it would be a huge shock if it wasn't Tim Hudson.
Before the workout, Macha said, "We'll see how Hudson is doing. If he's doing OK, he's got a chance of being our Game 4 starter."
After the workout, Hudson said, "I'm fine," when asked about possibly starting on Sunday.
Magical stage: Even though they're crammed into the smallest visiting clubhouse in the American League, A's players were generally excited to be playing postseason ball at Fenway.
"It's neat. It's very special," Mark Ellis said. "It's something you'll remember for the rest of your life -- playing in a playoff game at Fenway Park. There is so much history here in the playoffs."
Even A's Game 3 starter Ted Lilly, a left-hander, said he looked forward to pitching at a park that has historically been tough on southpaws.
"I think a lot of the guys I've talked to, especially on our club, think it's exciting, in the sense (that when) you come here, there is a lot of energy in the crowd, which is fun," he said. "You generally know when they're happy and when they're not. I say it's exciting in that way."
Kent Schacht is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.