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Duchscherer seeking treatment for depression

Damon Lapa, the agent for A’s right-hander Justin Duchscherer, just informed media members that Duchscherer is seeking treatment for clinical depression and will miss the rest of the season. Lapa didn’t provide many other specifics on Duchscherer’s condition, and didn’t predict a timetable for when he could return to pitching. Lapa did describe the depression as a “very treatable form.”

“It’s something I think he’s been battling for some time, and he recently made the really difficult decision that he needs to put his career on hold for the time being and focus 100 percent of his efforts on his recovery,” Lapa said.

Duchscherer is a free agent after this season. He’s been out all season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow at the end of spring training, and also has been hindered by back problems.

A’s assistant GM David Forst said the A’s have been aware of Duchscherer’s condition for a while, but didn’t specify how long.

“Our only concern right now is getting him healthy,” Forst said. “He obviously has all the resources available that we can provide and we’ve been trying to help him, and will continue to even beyond this season.”

I’ll post more soon …

Joe Stiglich

  • http://contractyear.mlblogs.com Bee Hylinski

    So my suspicions have been borne out. I would change my assessment from “something fishy” to “something medical” but it has been obvious for some time that something has been going on with him that we were not allowed to know.

    I wish Duke all the best in his recovery. I am sure he can get better with proper medication and therapy and pick up his career next year, whether with the A’s of elsewhere. Our thoughts are with you Duke. Be well!