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Justin Duchscherer Back on the Radar

Justin Duchscherer Back on the Radar

The Pirates are looking at Duchscherer for the second year in a row.

Bill Brink of the Post Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in Justin Duchscherer, the former Oakland Athletics pitcher.  The same rumors surfaced last year when the Pirates were reportedly interested in Duchscherer in early December, and had further talks with him a week after the original interest was discovered.

Duchscherer is a big injury risk, missing the entire 2009 season, and only making five starts in 2010.  When healthy, he's an excellent starting option, with a 2.60 ERA in 169.2 innings as a starter between 2008 and 2010, including a 2.89 ERA in his five starts last year.  Duchscherer made all of his starts in the month of April, was placed on the disabled list on April 30th, and moved to the 60-day DL in June.

His injury history is mostly hip related.  He was on the 60-day DL in 2007 with a right hip injury.  In 2008 he only made 22 starts due to hip and biceps problems.  He ...

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