Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 14, 2009 10:56 am
Justin Duchscherer is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. If all goes perfectly the rest of the spring for him, that just gives him time to be in the rotation when the season starts, according to manager Bob Geren.
Because of his injury problems, there is some speculation that the A’s would move Duchscherer back to the bullpen. I don’t think I would do that, for a few reasons.
- He has gotten hurt in the bullpen, too. It’s easier to deal with an injured starter than an injured reliever because you know exactly what day you need him.
- Duchscherer is a good pitcher, and if I have a choice of a good pitcher throwing 150 innings or 75 innings, I’d take him for 150 innings. Even if he’s on the DL and only starts 20 times, he’s giving the team more innings than if he spends the whole year in the bullpen.
- Duchscherer doesn’t want to be a reliever. If you are on the fence about how to use a player, you should use him the way he prefers. He’ll be happier and therefore more productive.
We went through this with Rich Harden, remember? I think all three of the above reasons applied to Harden, which is why they didn’t do it with him either.
Before getting to our poll question, a couple more tidbits from this morning:
- Eric Chavez is throwing today.
- Orlando Cabrera is in the lineup at DH. He’ll play shortstop tomorrow. Nomar Garciaparra might make his debut as soon as Sunday, and probably by Monday at the latest. He’ll play third immediately.
- Bobby Crosby said he thinks he’ll be ready to play second sometime this week.
- Joey Devine is a week to 10 days away from appearing in another Cactus League game. Bob Geren said his plan is to get Devine in at least four more games before opening day.