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OAKLAND — One day later than expected, Boog Powell will make his debut with the A’s on Saturday night.

The problem Friday night?

“I couldn’t breathe,” the 24-year-old center fielder said Saturday afternoon.

“I was sick the last two days before that. I felt a little dizzy. It wasn’t a good idea to play yesterday.”

Uh, no. Even with his parents up from Orange County to watch the game and Powell eager beyond words to get out there, the combination of a lingering upper-respiratory illness and an episode with asthma he hadn’t experienced in more than 10 years put him on the shelf.

He was ready to go Saturday afternoon. Woke up feeling great, did some running with no ill effects and saw his name penciled in at the top of the A’s lineup for their game against the Orioles.

“I honestly can’t wait. Yesterday I was so let down not being able to make my debut with the A’s,” he said. “My parents were up here. They know, unless I’m dying, I’m playing.”

You have to wonder then what they were thinking when manager Bob Melvin was forced to scratch Powell an hour before first pitch Friday night.

Powell said he was sweating and struggling to breathe during batting practice. He was taken to the emergency room for a breathing treatment, which coaxed a lot of “stuff” out of him.

“Obviously, yesterday didn’t go the way he wanted it to,” Melvin said. “He feels good today.”

Powell was picked by the A’s in the 20th round of the 2012 draft, but his only major league experience came early this season with Seattle: a .194 batting average (7 for 36) in 23 games. He returned to the A’s organization last Sunday in the trade that sent Yonder Alonso …read more

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