Justin Duchscherer said season-ending left hip surgery will be his last resort and that his goal is to do whatever he can to get healthy, stay healthy and pitch again this season. But Duchscherer won’t completely understand his options until after he sees Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, probably later this week.
As of Monday afternoon, Duchscherer had not scheduled an appointment with Byrd, as trainer Steve Sayles hadn’t been able to get in touch with the surgeon’s office.
Duchscherer said he only felt discomfort when he pitched, not in everyday activities. He believes what might be going on is a Femoralacetabular Impingement (FAI), where, as Duchscherer said, “The head of the femur is large, so it bangs into the socket and tears the cartilage. Over years and years of pitching on it, I guess over time it’s worn it away.”
According to Duchscherer, Byrd said he’ll have to perform surgery at some point to fully understand what’s going on, but Duchscherer is hoping to put that off until the end of the season. Regardless, Duchscherer said surgery, if it happens during the season or after, won’t mean his career is over. Either way, he wants to come back and pitch either way.
Jack Cust is playing left field tonight, with Rajai Davis in center and Ryan Sweeney in right. Cust was mainly a DH with Sacramento but said he played about eight games in the outfield.
Coco Crisp and Mark Ellis will both join Single-A Stockton and play tomorrow night in Lake Elsinore, A’s manager Bob Geren said. Crisp played today in Phoenix, but Geren said he hadn’t received a report on how that went.
The lineups –
A’s — Pennington SS, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Sweeney RF, Fox DH, Cust LF, Rosales 2B, Davis CF, Gonzalez P.
Mariners — Suzuki RF, Figgins 2B, Gutierrez CF, Lopez 3B, Griffey Jr. DH, Tuiasosopo LF, Kotchman 1B, Wilson SS, Bard C, Rowland-Smith P.