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.

Juan Soto went back in time to homer against the Yankees

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On Monday evening, the Yankees and Nationals resumed a game from May 15 that was suspended due to inclement weather. The game was suspended after the top of the sixth inning with a 3-3 tie. That, and the next day’s game, were rescheduled for today, a month and three days later.

An interesting thing happened in that month and three days: Juan Soto made his major league debut. Soto, at the time of his promotion, was the minor league leader in home runs. He took his first major league at-bat on May 20, pinch-hitting in a game against the Dodgers. He struck out. He got his first start the next day against the Padres, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

When Soto stepped to the plate on Monday evening in the bottom of the sixth inning, technically he is considered to have done so on May 15. As fate would have it, he absolutely obliterated a 97 MPH fastball from Chad Green for a two-run home run. So he homered in his major league debut after having already made his major league debut. Does Soto have a DeLorean? On May 15, Soto was batting third for Double-A Harrisburg. He went 3-for-4 (all singles) with an RBI.

Michael Kay, citing the Elias Sports Bureau on the YES broadcast, said that it still considers Soto’s debut as having occurred on May 20, but he will have an asterisk denoting May 15’s suspended game. His first major league hit and RBI are still considered to have come on his three-run homer against the Padres. So there’s that.