UPDATE: Duchscherer departs with hip injury

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duchscherer throwing.jpgUPDATE: Duchscherer told Slusser that the injury feels
“identical” to a previous right hip injury that required two surgeries.  Not good.  MLB.com’s Jane Lee writes that he will get an MRI on Friday.

8:55pm:  The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser passes along word that right-handed starter Justin Duchscherer was lifted from Thursday’s game in the fourth inning due to what is being called a “left hip injury.”

The “Duke of Hurl” has a long history of ailments, so this is one to monitor.  He waived off trainers when they tried to meet him on the mound initially, but Oakland manager Bob Geren overruled and sent his starter into the clubhouse.  Duchscherer had allowed five hits and two earned runs over 3 1/3 innings to the Blue Jays. 

Jerry Blevins came on in relief.  The A’s will reevaluate Duchscherer on Friday morning and will hope that he doesn’t require any more time on the disabled list.  He entered the Thursday outing with a 2-0 record, 1.82 ERA and 1.26 WHIP through four starts.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.