Justin Duchscherer to undergo minor back procedure

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The injury-related problems continue for veteran right-hander Justin Duchscherer.

According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Duchscherer will undergo an ablation procedure on his lower back Sunday and won’t be able to pick up a baseball for the next four or five days.

It’s a minor surgery designed to heat up never endings and drive away pain. Duchscherer has undergone it before and recovered fine.

Duchscherer was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the season and isn’t expected to make his debut for the Orioles until late April or early May. He’s been highly effective throughout his career when healthy, both as a starter and reliever, but injuries have limited him to just 28 major league innings since 2008.

The O’s will have to hope that the ablation does the trick on whatever is still ailing the 33-year-old.

Andrew Miller placed on the disabled list

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UPDATE: The Indians have placed Miller on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

8:46 AM: Indians reliever Andrew Miller left last night’s game against the Cubs with left hamstring tightness.

Miller threw just two pitches before clutching his leg and leaving the field. He’s day-to-day for now — and manager Terry Francona noted that he had a similar injury a few years back and only missed a few days — but hamstring injuries can be anywhere from annoying to serious, so nothing definitive will be said by the club until he undergoes an MRI. Given how critical he is to the Indians, who are likely postseason bound, figure that the team will err on the side of caution with a DL sting regardless.

Miller has yet to allow a run in ten innings of work.