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Justin Duchscherer update

To summarize what we know so far about the injury that knocked Justin Duchscherer from tonight’s game in the fourth inning: It was announced that Duchscherer hurt his left hip. That’s interesting, because it’s his right hip that’s given him problems over the years. His 2007 and 2008 seasons ended prematurely because of right hip surgery. Last season, his physical problems involved his right elbow and, later in the season, his back.

We’ll hopefully know more after the game. You can talk about Eric Chavez’s shaky health history, and the A’s lack of power in their lineup, but any kind of long-term injury to Duchscherer (to go with fellow starter Brett Anderson’s injury) is devastating to the A’s chances this season. We know the A’s won’t score a ton of runs, so they’ll go as far as their starting pitching carries them.

Remember, you can follow me at twitter.com/joestiglich to get brief, more immediate updates. I’ll keep tweeting tonight as I get more information, and I’ll try to update the blog as much as possible …

Joe Stiglich