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.”
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