Hughes clears waivers and heads for Sacramento

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--INF Luke Hughes cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento. Hughes went 1-for-13 in a one-week stint at third base with Oakland that coincided with a flu bug and a 104-degree fever at one point. The illness kept him out of two games.

--LHP Brett Anderson was scheduled to throw to hitters on Thursday at extended spring training, and for the first time, he was to use all his pitches and throw without a screen. Anderson, who had Tommy John surgery last July, was slated for two sets of 20 pitches. He could potentially rejoin Oakland's rotation around mid-season.

--OF Coco Crisp was considered a possibility to be placed on the disabled list on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with more inner-ear problems. Over the past two-plus weeks, a flu-like virus and inner-ear and sinus-infections have kept Crisp out of seven of 14 games and also caused him to leave two games early.

--OF Michael Taylor probably will replace OF Coco Crisp on Oakland's roster if the A's decide that Crisp needs a stint on the disabled list to resolve lingering inner-ear and sinus-infection issues. Taylor, Triple-A Sacramento's top player this season, flew to Baltimore last week as an emergency option if Crisp were unable to go, but he returned to Sacramento without being placed on the roster.

--C Kurt Suzuki was scheduled for X-rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday after taking a fastball from Daniel Bard of Boston on the back of his left hand on Wednesday night. Suzuki remained in the game and said a doctor examined him in Boston and didn't believe there was any major problem, but he was getting precautionary X-rays to make sure.

BY THE NUMBERS
9 -- Active pitchers to reach the 200-save mark, including A's left-hander Brian Fuentes, who recorded No. 200 on Wednesday at Boston.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Two hundred is a big deal with me. I've been holding steady at 199 for a long time. It feels good, I feel very fortunate." -- LHP Brian Fuentes, who earned career save 200 on Wednesday after recording No. 199 on June 19, 2011.

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