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February 26, 2011

Duchscherer sidelined

Pitcher Justin Duchscherer was not on the field for the start of today's workout, which raised some antennae. He apparently has been complaining of some hip soreness, so the team has shelved him for at least the next two days.

"We're going to give him 48 hours and see where he is,'' president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said.

Duchscherer came into camp as a high-risk, small-investment free-agent signing. The Orioles gambled $700,000 on him, even though he made only five game appearances over the last two seasons because of hip surgery and depression issues.

The Orioles are hoping he'll be able to regain the form that made him a very effective starting pitcher and reliever, but the signing was made with the understanding that he was a long shot to get through the season without any health problems. We'll pass along more on this after the workout.

Instant update: Just tried to check with Duchscherer on his condition but he said he wasn't ready comment on the situation.

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Posted by Peter Schmuck at 10:53 AM | | Comments (20)


So much for feeling "awesome"

Great but troubling reporting, Pete. Low cost, low risk, low return. A typical Andy Macphail acquisition.

Hey pete just ditto what i say here to your last blog. Another guy you won't be able to count on, another injuried reclamation project type guy who couldn't get any other job.Exibition games haven't even started yet and 3 guys that you expected to count on during the season are already have problems with injuries that either have sidelined them in the past or will sideline them in the future.

Millwood is still available....., right? Any chance the O's have been in contact with his agent?

Jeff Z's reply: They've had periodic conversations with Boras about Millwood throughout the offseason. They haven't ruled him out, but I don't get the impression that MacPhail rushed to the phone today and made Millwood an offer.

Boy, that hope didn't take long to collapse.

I think I said that the #5 starter would be Kevin Millwood. Goodbye Duke !!

Why don't Andy leave these projects alone. Go with the young guys. Because the Orioles seem to have a deep bullpen. So why not use the young pitchers. They the Orioles are not winning no way so give the young pitchers a chance.

If he goes down we need to bring Millwood back. Just to get us to the all star break for Tillman or Britton to take over. Unless one of the two has a phenomenal spring they should start at AAA. Hopefully, it's just some soreness and he'll be alright.

Not gunna say that I wasn't excited for this guy's potential, but I can't help but feel like I saw this coming


Do you know if its the same side as the surgery?

Jeff Z's reply: He's had surgery on both hips.

i thought he was a worthy gamble, but even the least optimistic folks had him at least getting thru ST unscathed...good thing pitchers don't use their hips much

And there you have it.

I predicted a few weeks back that Duchscherer would not be on the 25-man roster going north.
I also predicted that the #5 starter in the rotation would be Rick VandenHurk after Guthrie, Matusz, Arrieta, and Bergesen.
We'll see.

Well it was a fun couple of weeks but the wheels appear to be coming off of the bus. Roberts, Duke, and Lee all having health issues a week in scares me, hope it is just working out the kinks.

Hoping the O's players stay away from the strenuous activity of ping pong, we need no further health trouble.

son of a

Very bad news it sounds like the surgery didn't work again. real shame but good news for Tillman or Britton.Hopefully not vandenhurk who's a AAAA bum.The o's have a surplus of relievers,they could put Berken back in the rotation.

Reimolds raking th e ball over the fence but too bad we went out and spent $8 million on Lee who might turn out to be another injury basketcase.

the o's have this penchant for signing injured players then act surprised when they turn up injured again/

We're not concerned about the injuries,they're just a little stiff."Riiiiight

well, we knew what we were getting, low risk high reward, im not pushing the panic button yet, but it is not a good sign at all, i am dissapointed however that hes starting to deteriorate, seems like the guy has the hips of a 15 year old rottweiler

Lee is not an injury prone player-this is the first surgery in his career. Neither Reimold nor Scott plays even an adequate enough first base for the type of defense that Buck expects

you can't say that the Os were counting on Justin. They took a flier. Let's see how it works out. He didn't die.

Roberts they are counting on.

In the words of Capt. Renault..."Shocked, I'm shocked!"

What's with all of these comments? He has a sore hip - his arm didn't fall off. He doesn't have leukemia. He's not rolling around in a wheelchair.

I understand that so many things have gone wrong with this team over the past decade and a half that pessimism is a natural reaction, but come on, let's wait and see what the issue is before we declare the man's career over.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

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Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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