June 18, 2011A'S PAGE A'SVIDEO
OAKLAND -- As right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who has been on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his right scapula (shoulder) since May 19, told reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News on Saturday that hes scheduled to make his first rehab start with the Single-A Stockton Ports on Thursday against the host San Jose Giants.McCarthy, who has been plagued by the same injury a number of times in recent years, threw in a simulated game before the second game of a three-game series against the visiting Giants at Overstock.com Coliseum.Twenty or so pitches, up and down three times, As manager Bob Melvin said of McCarthys 60- to 65-pitch session.Facing McCarthy were utilityman Adam Rosales, outfielder Ryan Sweeney, catcher Landon Powell and pitcher Josh Outman, who was limited to working on his bunting in anticipation of interleague action in National League parks. Sweeney made the loudest contact, homering once.
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Should McCarthy get through his start for Stockton without incident, hell make a second minor-league appearance the following Tuesday for Triple-A Sacramento.Also Saturday, Melvin also provided an update on outfielder Josh Willingham, who has been bothered by a nagging Achilles over the past several weeks, noting that it has yet to reach the point where the medical staff deems it DL-worthy. Willingham was not in Saturdays lineup and is considered day-to-day, but he might get an extended rest to prevent the situation from becoming what Melvin referred to as week-to-week.With Willingham unlikely to be asked to risk further injury by chasing balls in the outfield, Melvin indicated that Hideki Matsui, Oaklands regular designated hitter since Bob Geren was fired as manager Tuesday, is expected to see some time in left field during interleague play in NL parks as opposed to the previous plan of putting him in right -- and he could very well play more than the game or two that Melvin has mapped out.
The San Jose Sharks not only lost in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, but also lost their second-leading scorer to injury.
Joe Thornton left the final minute of the game with an apparent injury to his right knee. With Jets forward Andrew Copp backchecking, Mikkel Boedker collided into Thornton's knee in front of the Sharks bench.
Thornton took a stride on each leg as he skated gingerly to the bench, and did not return to the game.
The 38-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee this summer. He missed the final three games of the regular season last year, but returned to play in San Jose's final four postseason games in a first round, six-game loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Thornton is second on the Sharks with 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists), and has scored nine points in his last seven games. He is second among forwards in average ice time, and is playing 18:20 per night in his 20th NHL season.
With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.
It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.
After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.
"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."
Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.
"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.
"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out, but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.
Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.