UPDATE: Duchscherer told Slusser that the injury feels
“identical” to a previous right hip injury that required two surgeries. Not good. MLB.com’s Jane Lee writes that he will get an MRI on Friday.
8:55pm: The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser passes along word that right-handed starter Justin Duchscherer was lifted from Thursday’s game in the fourth inning due to what is being called a “left hip injury.”
The “Duke of Hurl” has a long history of ailments, so this is one to monitor. He waived off trainers when they tried to meet him on the mound initially, but Oakland manager Bob Geren overruled and sent his starter into the clubhouse. Duchscherer had allowed five hits and two earned runs over 3 1/3 innings to the Blue Jays.
Jerry Blevins came on in relief. The A’s will reevaluate Duchscherer on Friday morning and will hope that he doesn’t require any more time on the disabled list. He entered the Thursday outing with a 2-0 record, 1.82 ERA and 1.26 WHIP through four starts.
OXON HILL, MD — Bill King has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
King, one of the iconic voices of Bay Area sports, was known for his handlebar mustache and his signature “Holy Toledo!” exclamation. King broadcast A’s games for 25 seasons, from 1981 through 2005. He likewise broadcast Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors games and got his start as an announcer for the Giants in the late 1950s after they moved to San Francisco.
King passed away in October 2005. With the Frick Award, however, he has now been immortalized among baseball broadcasters.
The Rockies have signed free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million.
Desmond, 31, played his first season as a full-time outfielder with the Rangers in 2016. Before that he was the Nationals shortstop. He’ll almost certainly be an outfielder in Colorado, or else will play first base, as the Rockies have Trevor Story at short. Desmond hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 677 plate appearances, though he was much, much better in the first half than the second half.
The Rangers had placed a qualifying offer on him which he rejected, so the Rockies will have to give up their first round pick in the 2017 draft, which is 11th overall. That’s the highest pick a team can surrender under the qualifying offer system, as the first ten picks in the draft are protected.