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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

  • Son of Hendu

    What is in the water at the Coliseum ?? This is getting ridiculous over the last 3 years.
    And now Coco, Anderson, Kurt, Duke, Buck and Ellis? in one month? The ironic thing is Chavy is the health one. It boggles the mind.

  • Oakland Si

    Duke has had back and hip problems dating back to a serious car accident, no doubt aggravated by pitching. The pain he had in the SI joint in the spring indicated that something was not right in that area, and the nerve ablation only masked the pain without addressing the issue. Whatever is causing problems continued to get worse after the procedure, only he couldn’t feel it as much. The left and right hip are connected by the SI joint to the spine, of course. Duke now says he felt the discomfort several starts ago (meaning right at the beginning of the season, since we’re still in April), but he was getting treatment in the trainer’s room and managing the pain. But the damage kept occurring, and now his body won’t allow him to ignore it.

    Really bad news, of course, but how could it not have been expected?

  • josef

    thanks oakland si. i had no idea. hopefully some rivercats can fill the void…

  • Jan K Oski

    Jeez, Oakland needs to sign Oakland Si. Perhaps, then, they can sport a competitive team. These endless injuries are painful to watch.