Justin Duchscherer May Return Tuesday

Oakland pitcher Justin Duchscherer may make his big league season debut Tuesday against the Yankees, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Duchscherer, 31, had arthroscopic elbow surgery on March 31st.

Slusser says other teams have been scouting Duchscherer's rehab appearances, and the Tigers and Red Sox are among the clubs expected to be represented tonight.  Whether these scouting missions fall outside of the teams' normal coverage and imply trade interest, I don't know.

Back on July 31st, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports suggested salary relief (about $1.06MM remains) and a "modest prospect" might be an acceptable return for the A's.  As of right now, Duchscherer projects as a Type B free agent in the American League.  Could the Rangers be a match?  Here's what ESPN's Buster Olney wrote in today's blog:

I'd guess that the Rangers will claim him on waivers, whenever he passes through.

The Brewers and Dodgers are a couple teams seemingly on the lookout for pitching, though their interest level in Duchscherer is unknown.


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