Duchscherer “Pretty Much 100 Percent,” Wants To Start

Five teams have watched Justin Duchscherer throw this winter, and the Orioles will be the sixth when Duchscherer throws a bullpen session for the club on Friday.  The right-hander tells MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli that his choice will likely hinge on whichever team gives him a chance to start games next season.

"I just don't feel like with the injuries I've had, I don't think that would be beneficial for my career to be [a reliever] for a team," said Duchscherer.  "For me it's black and white. I want to start, that's the whole mindset I have. I haven't even thought of being a reliever….I want a team that's going to be honest with me and say, 'If you're healthy, you are going to start.'"

After missing the entire 2009 season due to an elbow injury, Duchscherer pitched just 28 innings for Oakland last year before undergoing hip surgery.  With this injury history and his fairly limited starting experience (just 32 of his 224 career Major League games have been starts), a bullpen stint wouldn't be out of the question, but Duchscherer has drawn interest from enough teams that it appears he'll find a starting spot somewhere.

Duchscherer is two weeks ahead of his usual offseason training schedule due to his abbreviated season last year, and he described his health as "pretty much 100 percent."

"I'm doing [these bullpens] as a precaution, so I know how I feel," the right-hander said.  "And so far everything has gone good."

The Athletics, Pirates, Red Sox and Yankees have all shown some interest in the right-hander this winter.  Duchscherer dismissed the idea that his past issues with depression would keep him from playing in the pressurized New York market.  Over 34% of MLBTR readers polled feel that Duchscherer is the best free agent starter still on the market.


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26 Comments on "Duchscherer “Pretty Much 100 Percent,” Wants To Start"


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cayanksfan
4 years 5 months ago

Jon Heyman just said he signed with Scott Boras….and signed with the Yankees for $5M.

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rzepczynski
4 years 5 months ago

well he can “pretty much” sign a minor league deal

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4 years 5 months ago

I had no idea the Duchscherer was so eloquent. Frankly, given his career, I would just be happy to be on a 40 man roster with an invitation to spring training.

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OrangeCards
4 years 5 months ago

“I want to prove to you that I can start by throwing a bullpen session … but bullpen work would be bad for my arm. So please pay me as a starter and we’ll go from there.”

Signed,

JD

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Omazing
4 years 5 months ago

Sign him up for the O’s. He’s an ace when he’s on. The O’s are “pretty much” Ace-less.

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Since_77
4 years 5 months ago

What about Brian Matusz? In the second half, he looked good against the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox.

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Omazing
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah def. He certainly could & most likely will be. No doubt in my mind he will be. They have a lot of good young potential.. Guthrie could very well be too. Gutz did very well this year b/c he didn’t have to face all the other teams aces. They had Millwood to go against them. You saw his record lol. I’ve been rooting for Duchscherer for a while, as should everybody. He is as good as anyone when healthy.

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greyguy2
4 years 5 months ago

Did someone really “like” this? Millwood gave up over 5 runs per 9 innings pitched. That’s why his record is bad. Where is the evidence that he faced “aces” and how would that affect how well he pitches?