Oakland A’s lone-All Star from 2008, Justin Duchscherer, was set to be the veteran arm in the A’s rotation this season until an elbow injury put him on the shelf. He is now set to start rehabbing and hopes to make it back on the mound in early June.
Duchscherer knows what it takes to come off an injury as he has had to go through it three times in the past two years. He has been a strong presence for the Athletics when he is healthy, making the All-Star team as both a reliever and a starter in the past three years.
The A’s staff this year is one of the youngest in the majors and having a guy like Duchsherer there to help the young guys progress is something the team is seriously missing.
According to Mychael Urban and MLB.com Duchscherer is having a tough time being an observer and not even being with the team in the early going this season. He said it is toughest when he sees one of his teammates out there struggling on the mound, like Eveland last week, and he is not on the bench to even help him out a little bit.
But he knows he has to rehab the elbow that has put him on the DL to start the season and he is going through the process like he has before. He had surgery on the elbow and got it all “cleaned out” as he said. Things are going well since the surgery and nothing more was found during surgery which is a good sign. He is going to start throwing this week for the first time and slowly but surely will be making his way towards a minor league rehab assignment and then back on the mound for the A’s.
The A’s hope all goes well and Duchscherer will be back on the mound as soon as possible. Until then there are some other interesting options out there for a veteran arm, names like Pedro Martinez and Mark Mulder. Mulder’s agent says that the A’s have contacted him about a possible deal.