OAKLAND — Randy Johnson will toe the Oakland Coliseum mound for the Giants on Wednesday. Who the A's send to oppose the lefty remains in limbo.

Scheduled starter Josh Outman is now considered "highly-doubtful" to make his scheduled start, according to A's manager Bob Geren. Outman received an MRI Monday on the left elbow which was diagnosed as having a mild flexor-extensor strain, and he will have a second more-extensive one today.

"I don't know yet," Outman said. "I feel fine physically, and mentally I'm just trying to stay positive. We'll wait until the doctor comes (to the stadium and assesses the MRI), and we'll take a plan of action and go from there."

Outman (4-1), diagnosed with the strain a little more than two weeks ago, was attempting to pitch through it. However, the injury forced the left-hander to leave his most recent start in San Diego after just 12/3 innings.

Oakland manager Bob Geren said before the game that he had no plans to move Outman's start. Should Outman be unavailable, speculation is that Gio Gonzalez would be brought up from Triple-A Sacramento to make Wednesday's start. Gonzalez would be on turn after posting 51/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts in his last start against Salt Lake on June 18.

Thoughts on Fehr


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Donald Fehr announced his retirement as the head of the baseball players' association, leaving A's player representative Brad Ziegler to give his thoughts on Fehr's 25 years of leading the union.

"He's done a lot of great things for the players and the association, and setting us up from here to the future," Ziegler said. "If you look at his entire body of work, he's done so much more than (represent the players) during the Steroid Era."

Ziegler is in his first year as the A's player representative. He likes the job a lot more than he thought he would.

"There are a lot of guys who didn't want this position," Ziegler said. "The more I've gotten involved with it, the more I really like it and that side of the game. If my time holds out, hopefully I can get involved even more."

Short hops

Jason Giambi was given a regular day off, as Bobby Crosby got the start at first base and Jack Cust acted as designated hitter. Cust at DH left the A's with just three outfielders (Ryan Sweeney, Rajai Davis and Matt Holliday). Geren said Adam Kennedy would have been the fourth outfielder, if needed. ... LSU alum Russ Springer said he was not recording the opening game of the College World Series final. Springer's alma mater, LSU, was squaring off against Texas. "I've been trying to follow them, but I haven't been able to watch much of it," Springer said. "I got to pull for them anyway."

— Chace Bryson