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Mark Kotsay


Kotsay left Sunday's game in the seventh inning with back spasms but not before extending his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the third inning. His career high is 16 games.


Kotsay went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in the Athletics' 8-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.


Kotsay missed his third straight game with back spasms on Sunday. "It's something that's going to crop up on him for the rest of his life," trainer Larry Davis said.


Kotsay didn't make his anticipated return to the Oakland lineup over the weekend, but A's manager Ken Macha believes his center fielder will be ready to go on Tuesday against Seattle. Kotsay hasn't played since August 28 because of back spasms.


Kotsay, who hasn't played for Oakland since Sunday because of back spasms, is expected to return to the A's lineup this weekend. He may not play every day when he first returns, but he is doing well enough to get back on the field for Oakland's stretch-drive push for a playoff spot.


Kotsay's bad back was examined on Wednesday, and the diagnosis is nothing more than back spasms. There are no neurological issues, but the Oakland center fielder is expected to miss the next 3-4 days.


Kotsay's back kept him out again on Tuesday, and the A's center fielder has returned to Oakland to be examined by team orthopedist Jerrald Goldman. The recurrence of back spasms has become a concern.


Kotsay's ailing back flared up on Sunday, and he left before the conclusion of Oakland's 10-3 win over Baltimore. He sat out Monday's series finale against the Orioles, which produced a 10-5 A's victory.


Bothered by a back ailment recently, Kotsay originally was in the Oakland lineup as the designated hitter Wednesday, but by game time, manager Ken Macha decided to give his center fielder another day to rest his back. Adam Melhuse served as the DH instead, and he homered in a 4-3 A's win over the Angels.


Kotsay's back, which has kept him out of seven of Oakland's last nine games, wasn't in the A's lineup Tuesday. The off day on Monday wasn't enough rest to get the A's center fielder ready to play again. Oakland manager Ken Macha said after Tuesday's loss to the Angels that he thought Kotsay would be OK to play on Wednesday against the A's divisional rival.


Kotsay's back ailment continues to be an issue. After missing six of seven games recently, the Oakland center fielder left with back spasms during the fourth inning of Sunday's 11-0 romp over Kansas City. He was moving slowly around the Oakland clubhouse after the game, but he has an off day on Monday to recuperate.


After returning to action Sunday, Kotsay didn't play in Oakland's win over Minnesota on Monday. Bothered by a back ailment that has left him day-to-day, the A's center fielder was on the bench at the Metrodome, one of the few remaining baseball venues that still has artificial turf.


Kotsay hasn't played since Sunday with a back ailment that made the A's center fielder a day-to-day proposition at the start of the week. Kotsay has been slow to come around, and it appears he still may not play for a few more days. He probably won't be in the lineup when the A's begin a three-game weekend series against Detroit on Friday.


On Saturday, Kotsay agreed to a three-year contract extension with Oakland which will locks the outfielder up through the 2008 season. The deal supercedes the final year of his current deal, which was to expire after the 2006 season.


After missing both games over the weekend with a bad back, Kotsay was back in Oakland's lineup Tuesday, going 0-for-5 in the A's 2-1 loss to Washington. Oakland's center fielder and leadoff man has a .284 average and .342 on-base percentage in 54 games this season.


Kotsay's ailing back improved enough that he made Oakland's cross-country team flight to Washington, where the A's will take on the Nationals Tuesday. The A's center fielder will not be able to DH in the National League park, so he'll have to be playing in the field to be in Oakland's lineup.


Kotsay missed his second straight game with a stiff back on Sunday. Unless he feels markedly better when he gets out of bed on Monday, the Oakland center fielder will not accompany the A's on their cross-country flight to face the Washington Nationals, beginning on Tuesday. Not only would the flight be a detriment to his back, Kotsay would not be able to DH with those games being played in a National League park.


Due to tightness in his back, Kotsay was held out of Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, as a precautionary measure. The outfielder, who is batting .290 with two home runs, 26 RBI and one stolen base in 53 games this season, has been listed as day-to-day. Eric Byrnes got the starting nod in center in Kotsay's absence.


Kotsay went 5-for-6 with a double and RBI in Saturday's win over the Seattle Mariners, matching a career high for hits in a single game. The A's outfielder had just two hits in his previous 23 at-bats going into Saturday's contest.

For the season, Kotsay is batting .323 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 24 games.


Kotsay went 2-for-5 with three RBI in Monday's victory over the Texas Rangers to continue his torrid start to the 2005 campaign. Through 13 games, the A's outfielder is batting .270 with three doubles, one home run, five RBI and eight runs scored. He has at least one hit in 12 of 13 contests.

Kotsay is batting leadoff for the A's this season, so his RBI totals might not be that impressive, but expect him to score quite a few runs. He should notch double-digit stolen bases and home runs as well.