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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