ARLINGTON -- Adam Rosales sported quite the black-and-blue shiner over his left eye Thursday, as a result of a line drive that ricocheted off the pitcher's L-screen and came back to hit him during Wednesday's batting practice.
Manager Bob Geren initially described his infielder as having "a little [Mixed Martial Arts] look to him" and on Thursday dropped another sports movie reference.
"He's got a Rocky Balboa eye," the skipper said. "He's a tough kid."
The bruise didn't keep Rosales off the field, where he hasn't committed an error in 28 games as a second baseman. The 26-year-old is one of just two American League qualifiers at second base without an error.
Duchscherer's bullpen goes 'very well'
ARLINGTON -- Justin Duchscherer came out of a 35-pitch bullpen session on Thursday feeling "very good," the right-hander confirmed shortly after his stint.
Duchscherer, who has been on the disabled list with left hip inflammation, said the session felt "even better" than the successful and more rigorous bullpen outing he endured Monday.
Thus, the club will wait to see how Duchscherer's body responds to the bullpen Friday to determine if he can make his scheduled start in Anaheim on Saturday.
"I'll be ready to go," the right-hander said.
The 31-year-old Duchscherer was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts for Oakland before exiting his April 29 outing against the Blue Jays after just 3 1/3 innings due to the hip injury.
Suzuki getting closer
ARLINGTON -- In an attempt to return to the A's lineup as early as this weekend, catcher Kurt Suzuki plans on taking batting practice with Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday before playing in a game with the River Cats on Friday.
Suzuki, nursing back an intercostal strain, was expected to join the team in Texas on Wednesday after going 2-for-2 with a double, home run, three runs and three RBIs for Sacramento on Tuesday. However, Suzuki reported soreness when he returned to his hotel, thus putting a halt to his potential return.
He'll make another go at it, manager Bob Geren said, and hopefully be activated Saturday or Sunday.
Ryan Sweeney received a day off Thursday while Gabe Gross was given a start in right field. Manager Bob Geren said Sweeney was not feeling well but was also due for a day of rest. ... While taking batting practice for the first time Wednesday, Coco Crisp (pinkie finger) hit from both sides of the plate and hit at least one home run, Geren said. The A's outfielder will join Mark Ellis in a rehab assignment with Class-A Stockton next week. Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on April 21 and has been rehabbing in Phoenix. ... When asked about recent reports that Thursday's starter Ben Sheets was tipping his pitches in his previous starts, Geren said: "I just think it was bad location. We constantly monitor all of our guys for stuff like that."
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.