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Justin Duchscherer to undergo minor back procedure

Apr 3, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

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The injury-related problems continue for veteran right-hander Justin Duchscherer.

According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Duchscherer will undergo an ablation procedure on his lower back Sunday and won’t be able to pick up a baseball for the next four or five days.

It’s a minor surgery designed to heat up never endings and drive away pain. Duchscherer has undergone it before and recovered fine.

Duchscherer was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the season and isn’t expected to make his debut for the Orioles until late April or early May. He’s been highly effective throughout his career when healthy, both as a starter and reliever, but injuries have limited him to just 28 major league innings since 2008.

The O’s will have to hope that the ablation does the trick on whatever is still ailing the 33-year-old.

  1. randomdigits - Apr 3, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Judging by how well the rotation is doing so far (1 ER in 3 starts) they can take their time with the Duke.

  2. BC - Apr 4, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    A “minor procedure” is when it’s on someone else.
    Hopefully he comes around. He was pretty darn effective before he got hurt.

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