Justin Duchscherer to undergo season-ending hip surgery

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duchscherer.jpgAccording 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.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.