Boston Red Sox: Justin Duchscherer May Head Back To The Team That Drafted Him

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IAugust 13, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 15:  American League All-Star Justin Duchscherer #58 of the Oakland A's pitches during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Oakland A's pitcher may be back on Tuesday...potentialy to showcase him?

The Boston Red Sox drafted "The Duke of Hurl" Justin Duchscherer in the eighth round of the 1996 amateur draft. He was eventually traded to the Texas Rangers for Doug Mirabelli.

Duchscherer has sort of become the Oakland Athletics' ace, with an All-Star appearence in 2008. He had a 10-8 record with a 2.54 ERA last season.

However, Duchscherer has been injured for all of the 2009 season, not appearing in one game so far this season, and spending the majority of this season on the DL.

The Red Sox's recent pitching (and offensive) woes have been very well documented, and apparently the front office of Boston thinks that Chris Woodward is the answer to the offensive (the Red Sox claimed him off waivers from Seattle on Aug. 1).

With Paul Byrd and 2009 All-Star Tim Wakefield still a few weeks away from returning to the MLB mound, the Red Sox pitching staff looks like this: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Brad Penny, Clay Buchholz and Junichi Tazawa.

Tazawa looked strong in his first major league start, but the Japanese import was pitching in Double-A three weeks ago. Not the solution the rotation needs.

The Web site MLB Trade Rumors reported earlier today that Ducscherer may return to the MLB mound on Tuesday, and I hope the Red Sox are watching him.

Despite Duchscherer not pitching in almost 10 months, Duchscherer would be a God-send to the Red Sox. He's a solid pitcher, and should at least be better than John Smoltz was with Boston.