Tag:Justin Duchscherer
Posted on: August 2, 2011 2:07 pm

Orioles release Duchscherer, claim Reyes

By Evan Brunell

DuchschererThe Orioles released right-handed starter Justin Duchscherer on Monday, the Orioles' website reports, while Jo-Jo Reyes has been claimed off waivers from Toronto, MLB Trade Rumors adds.

Signed as a free agent, Duchscherer didn't throw one pitch for Baltimore after struggling in spring training with a left hip strain that developed into requiring back surgery. It's the fifth straight year "The Duke" has required surgery and the third that has kept the righty out for a significant period of time.

Baltimore signed Duchscherer along with Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero in hopes the trio could push Baltimore into relevancy, but all three have suffered poor seasons and/or injuries, and Baltimore is in last place in the AL East, 23 games behind Boston.

The release is curious, given Duchscherer was on the 60-day disabled list and was not occupying a 40-man spot. Still, he was a lost cause for the rest of the season, so his release doesn't affect much.

Reyes is a flier, and not much else. Despite Toronto being fans of his talent, the lefty just couldn't put it together, posting a 5.40 ERA in 20 starts, striking out 64 and walking 35 in 110 innings. He was also smoked for 14 home runs, giving him 47 home-runs allowed in 304 career innings. It's a no-lose proposition for the O's to take a chance on Reyes for the rest of the season, but don't expect much.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:28 am

Another setback for O's Duchscherer

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Justin Duchscherer The Orioles have shut down pitcher Justin Duchscherer once again, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports .

"I'm not sure where we are right now," Orioles GM Andy McPhail said. "I think we're 24 hours from knowing the severity."

Duchscherer went to a chiropractor on Wednesday after complaining of back soreness. Duchscherer has suffered a litany of injuries since 2007, when an injured right hip ended his season. In 2008 he spent time on the DL for an inflamed bicep and missed the 2009 season altogether with shoulder and back injuries, as well as depression. He missed most of last season with a left hip injury. He's made just five starts.

Duchscherer's  hip is apparently fine, but he's now dealing with another setback with his back. He's already on the disabled list with a left hip strain.

"Up until now, it's been going very well," McPhail said. "All reports at that time were good."

Duchscherer threw two innings in a simulated game against minor league hitters on Tuesday and the Orioles were hoping for a late-April return.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 3:49 pm

Honorary All-Grudzielanek team

Mark Grudzielanek played in 1,802 games over the course of 15 major-league seasons. He appeared in uniform for six different teams, making the NLCS twice -- once with the Cubs and once with the Cardinals. He hit .289 with over 2,000 hits and 946 runs scored. He earned one Gold Glove and made the All-Star team once. He was a good guy who always played hard and was generally liked by teammates. Basically, Grudzielanek had a quality major-league career, but won't be showing up on any all-time lists.

That is, unless you are looking squarely at that stupendous last name.

So, in light of his retirement announcement Wednesday, it only seems fitting to put together an All-Star team of the best names in baseball. We're looking for who will carry the torch on with Grudz's departure, so it's current players only. No real criteria, other than that the name just has to sound interesting or be really hard to spell -- or both. This is completely subjective, so there's definite room for argument.

Without further ado, here is the 25-man roster (we also listed all names we considered).

CATCHER: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox. And here's the team captain. There's no better name in baseball. Backup: J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays. Also considered: Francisco Cervelli, Yankees; Taylor Teagarden, Rangers.

FIRST BASE: Pablo Sandoval, Giants. Bonus points for having an awesome nickname. Backup: Kila Ka'aihue, Royals. Also considered: Justin Smoak, Mariners

SECOND BASE: Chone Figgins, Mariners. Real slim pickings here. Nearly every name for a second basemen is bland or common. We'll go with Figgins because "Chone" is pronounced "Sean" or "Shaun" or "Shawn." Also considered: Robinson Cano, Yankees; Dan Uggla, Braves.

THIRD BASE: Kevin Kouzmanoff, A's. Also considered: Placido Polanco, Phillies.

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies. Alliteration gets him the nod here. Backup: Yuniesky Betancourt. Also considered: Marco Scutaro, Red Sox; Ryan Theriot, Cardinals.

LEFT FIELD: Scott Podsednik, Blue Jays. Also considered: Chris Coghlan, Marlins; Chris Denorfia, Padres; Ryan Langerhans, Mariners.

CENTER FIELD: Coco Crisp, A's. Another no-brainer. Second easiest pick on here after Saltalamacchia. Backup: Colby Rasmus, Cardinals. Also considered: Nyjer Morgan, Nationals; Rajai Davis, Blue Jays; Cameron Maybin, Padres; Denard Span, Twins; Ryan Spilborghs, Rockies.

RIGHT FIELD: Brennan Boesch, Tigers. Tough call here, but I'm a sucker for the alliteration. Plus, that's just a smooth combo. Props to his parents. Also considered: Jeff Francoeur, Royals; Nate Schierholtz, Giants; Nick Markakis, Orioles.

DESIGNATED HITTER: Milton Bradley, Mariners. Personal feelings aside, this was another obvious one.

STARTING ROTATION: CC Sabathia, Yankees; Max Scherzer, Tigers; Brian Matusz, Orioles; Marc Rzepczynski, Blue Jays; Justin Duchscherer, Orioles. CC gets the nod due to his first name being Carsten. Oh, and for losing the periods to his initials. The other four are pretty obvious with those last names. Grudz is surely proud. Also considered: Bronson Arroyo, Reds; Tim Lincecum, Giants; Madison Bumgarner, Giants; Gio Gonzalez, A's; Tom Gorzelanny, Nationals.

BULLPEN: Octavio Dotel, Blue Jays; Jeff Samardzija, Cubs; Fu-Te Ni, Tigers; Boof Bonser, Mets; Burke Badenhop, Marlins. All pretty obvious great names here, and I especially love "The Hopper," as the Marlins' announcers call Badenhop. Also considered: Brian Duensing, Twins; Joba Chamberlain, Yankees; Jeremy Affeldt, Giants; Jason Isringhausen, Mets.

SETUP: David Aardsma, Mariners. Based mostly on the fact that if you listed every major league player of all-time alphabetically, only Aardsma would come before the great Hank Aaron.

CLOSER: J.J. Putz, Diamondbacks. C'mon. He uses a double initial and his last name looks like an insult (though it's actually pronounced "puts," not "putts," for those in the dark).

MANAGER: Mike Scioscia, Angels. Maybe it's all mental at this point, but spelling that thing correctly still trips me up. Give me Grudzielanek any day. Also considered: Mike Quade, Cubs; Ned Yost, Royals; Manny Acta, Indians.

-- Matt Snyder

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:01 pm

Duchscherer joins Orioles

DuchschererJustin Duchscherer has signed a one-year deal to pitch for the Orioles in 2011, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

The righty will make over $4 million, provided he produces. It is a small base salary and incentive-laden. Not a surprise, as the Duke is oft-injured. He made five starts in 2010, posting a 2.89 ERA before... wait for it... getting hurt.

He missed all of 2009 due to... wait for it... injury. 

22 starts of a 2.54 ERA in 2008. Relegated to the bullpen in 2007, making just 17 appearances. 

Clearly, injuries are an issue. But when he's on, he's on. He ripped off three years of being a top reliever for Oakland from 2004-06 and has been impeccable so far as a starter. But again, that's 27 starts in three years.

It's a great deal for Baltimore because as long as he gets on the field, he gets paid. And if he gets on the field, he's a pretty good bet to be pretty good. And Duchscherer will make more than he ever could with a completely guaranteed deal as long as he believes he can contribute a full season or just about.

The signing will likely push one of Brad Bergesen, Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman out of the rotation. Brian Matusz and Jeremy Guthrie are certainties, as will the Duke provided he's healthy.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 3:53 pm

Cuddyer wants extension, plus more notes

CuddyerSome news and notes on this Sunday as baseball readies for spring training in two weeks...


  • The Twins' Michael Cuddyer (pictured) would love to stay a Twin for the rest of his career, as MLB.com reports. He is entering the last season of his deal and is excited about the season now that surgery to clean out his knee has been a resounding success. No extension talks have taken place and once the season starts, Cuddyer won't speak about an extension.
  • The Rangers signed Dave Bush to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, per Anthony Andro of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Bush has an opt-out clause in his deal, but this is exactly the kind of depth Texas should be building in a rotation that looks a bit suspect. If Brandon Webb suffers a setback in his return to playing time, Bush would serve as the No. 5 starter.
  • The Orioles are in the lead for Justin Duchscherer's services along with the Nationals, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reveals. The deal from Baltimore is of the major league variety, so it would be tough for the Duke not to make the squad. However, he tells Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he has yet to decide and is close to deals with several teams. Crasnick has four teams in the hunt for the righty.
  • Rafael Betancourt has locked into a one-year extension to stay with the Rockies, as ESPN Deportes says per a MLB Trade Rumors translation. He'll make $3.77 million in 2011, per an already agreed upon deal, and $4 million in '12. The Rockies hold a club option for $4.25 million. The 36-year-old has been excellent in Colorado since coming over midway through 2009. He posted a 3.61 ERA in 62 1/2 innings for the Rox last season, whiffing 89 and walking just eight. An excellent season no matter how you slice it.
  • The Reds and Edinson Volquez agreed on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration even as the two discuss a multi-year extension as MLB.com reports. "We tried to do a multiyear deal," GM Walt Jocketty says. "They just wanted to concentrate on the one year now. [Volquez's agent] had a few cases and wanted to get the arbitration thing out of the way."
  • Buster Olney of ESPN reveals that the Diamondbacks have opted not to pursue a humidor at Chase Field, at least for this season. The hitter's haven could benefit from a humidor, but given that the stadium isn't outrageously tilted toward hitters like Coors Field is in Colorado, there isn't a major push for it. The humidor could solve dry desert conditions that affect the baseball.
  • Amid reports the Orioles might sign Vladimir Guerrero, Luke Scott couldn't care less if he DHs or plays left, according to the Baltimore Sun. Just keep him with the Orioles, as he wants to sign a contract extension. The Orioles rebuffed overtures for an extension, although that doesn't mean it couldn't happen later.
  • In Nick Cafardo's excellent Sunday Notes column for the Boston Globe, he reveals that the Diamondbacks are considering Scott Schoeneweis. The lefty had a brief stint with the Red Sox in 2010 before being released. Schoeneweis pitched for Arizona in 2009 but was shocked by the drug overdose of his wife in May, struggling with depression after. How he has battled since in raising his kids and attempting to continue his career is nothing short of remarkable.
  • Cafardo also reports that the Rays are likely in on the services for Manny Delcarmen, along with three other teams. Delcarmen pitched for years with the Red Sox before falling apart in 2010 and ending the year with Colorado.


-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 7:56 pm

Duchscherer drawing interest, wants to start

As the pond of free agents gets smaller, the bigger the fish look.

Among the biggest of fish now appears to be right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who tells MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli that he's already thrown for five teams and is scheduled to throw a bullpen for the Orioles on Friday.

Justin Duchscherer Duchscherer, 33, was limited to five starts last season before undergoing a hip surgery. He missed all of 2009 due to shoulder and back injuries. He was 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts for the A's in 2008, his first season as a full-time starter. From 2004-07, he was 19-14 with a 2.94 ERA in 188 games.

"Honestly, I feel like I've proven when I'm healthy I'm a very good Major League pitcher," Duchscherer said. "The only thing I have to prove is I can do it over the long term. My first two years in the big leagues as a reliever [with Oakland] I think I threw the second-most innings. I just what to get back to that where I'm healthy and I'm feeling like that."

Duchscherer said he wants to start -- "I haven't even thought of being a reliever," he said.

In addition to the Orioles, he could also be a fit for the Yankees, Pirates, Nationals and Indians, all looking for starters. The Red Sox have also expressed interest in him.

There has been speculation about Duchscherer and his ability to pitch in New York because he was treated for depression when he was injured in 2009.

"I find it funny that people say I can't pitch in that environment, but I've pitched in New York before," Duchscherer said. "As far as my mind, I have no problem being anywhere. Physically it's a matter of what's the best situation for me."

It's unlikely Duchscherer would be the first player to be treated for depression and play in big, bad New York, but he'd likely be the first to be open about it.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:56 pm

Pirates eyeing more starters

The Pirates' search for pitching won't stop with Scott Olsen. The team is interested in Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami (MLB.com ) and Justin Duchscherer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ), because as of now, their rotation is Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, James McDonald, Charlie Morton and Olsen, with Brad Lincoln also in the mix.

The Braves are looking to unload Kawakami, who is due $6.667 million in 2011, the last year of his three-year deal with Atlanta. Kawakami went 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA, in 18 games and 16 starts. He was twice sent to the minors last season and was removed from the team's 40-man roster. The Braves would likely pay a good portion of Kawakami's salary and may just want to dump him.

Duchscherer, 33, appeared in just five games last season with the A's with a  hip injury and missed all of 2009 with back and shoulder injuries. He was an All-Star in 2008, going 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in Oakland.

According to the Post-Gazette report, Duchscherer is expected to be ready for spring training.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:52 am

Red Sox interested in Duchscherer

Justin Duchscherer
A source tells WEEI.com that the Red Sox, who drafted Justin Duchscherer in 1996 but never saw him take a major-league field, are interested in bringing him to Beantown next season.

Considering his upside and the fact that he can be signed to a low-base deal heavy on incentives, Duchscherer is an intriguing possibility for Boston or a number of other teams. When he's healthy, he's very effective -- a career 3.13 ERA and an ERA+ of 139. Problem is, he hasn't been healthy much the past couple of years. He didn't pitch at all in 2009 while dealing with elbow surgery and clinical depression. The Athletics signed him to an incentive-laden deal last year, but he made only five starts (2-1, 2.89) before having hip surgery in June.

The last time he was fully healthy, in 2008, he went 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA for the A's and was an All-Star. With the exception of 2007, when he missed most of the season due to his first hip surgery, the guy hasn't put up an ERA over 2.91 since 2004. If his health checks out, seems like a low-risk, potentially high-reward option for somebody.

-- David Andriesen

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