According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Justin Duchscherer will miss the rest of the season after deciding to undergo surgery on his ailing left hip.
According to Slusser, Duchscherer has a congenital issue in his hips where the femur
meets the joint. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd “at a date to be determined.” Byrd previously performed surgeries on Duchscherer’s right hip in 2007 and 2008.
Duchscherer was re-signed to an incentive laden one-year, $1.75 million by the Athletics in December. He was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA over his first five starts before going on the disabled list earlier this month. According to Slusser, recovery time from this type of surgery is approximately six months.
Duchscherer, 32, said he hopes to rehab the injury and sign with another team before next season. Limited to just five starts since 2008, he’s going to have a tough time finding a guaranteed contract again.
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.