PHOENIX (AP)—Oakland Athletics starter Justin Duchscherer had another setback in his rehabilitation from an elbow injury and will miss the start of the season.
Duchscherer had to stop playing long toss on Saturday morning because of persistent pain in his right elbow. He was given a cortisone injection and he won’t be able to touch a baseball until at least Tuesday.
“When I got to 75-80 percent, it started hurting,” he said. “The more I threw, the worse it got. Instead of taking a few more days off, we’re going to hit it hard with cortisone and take it from there.”
Duchscherer said the extra rest would prevent him from building up his pitch count.
“If I don’t feel better soon, I’d probably start the season on the DL,” Duchscherer said. “I’ve got a lot of pitches to throw to get ready to start a regular season game.”
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