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.