Report: Orioles ink Duchscherer

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with oft-injured pitcher Justin Duchscherer, who is trying to recover from hip surgery that limited him to just five starts in 2010.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Duchscherer has agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical, for $700,000 with incentives that could make the package worth $4.5 million.

Duchscherer broke into the majors with Texas in 2001 and pitched for Oakland from 2003-10. After spending most of his first five seasons with the Athletics as a reliever, he joined the rotation in 2008 and was an All-Star in July, but surgery on his right hip ended his campaign in August and he finished 10-8 with a 2.54 earned run average in 22 starts.

The right-hander then missed the entire 2009 season because of elbow surgery and a bout with clinical depression. He was off to a fast start last year with a record of 2-1 and a 2.89 ERA before hitting the disabled list with left hip inflammation in late April.

After being activated on May 16, Duchscherer was scratched from his scheduled start against the Angels that night due to the same injury and surgery eventually took place in June.

In 224 career games, just 32 of which have been starts, Duchscherer has a record of 33-25 with 14 saves and a 3.13 ERA.


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