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.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.