The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports the Oakland Athletics have placed starting pitcher Justin Duchscherer (hip) on the 15-day disabled list with right hip inflammation.
Duchscherer is having a great year with a 10-8 record, the majors' second-best ERA at 2.54 and a stingy 1.00 WHIP. Starter Sean Gallagher (shoulder) went on the disabled list as well, with shoulder fatigue. The team recalled starters Dana Eveland and Dan Meyer to fill the injured pitchers' spots. Eveland and Meyer will join starters Gio Gonzalez, Greg Smith and Dallas Braden to form a rare all-lefty rotation.
Duchscherer's injury is to the same hip that required season-ending surgery last season. The team isn't sure whether the injury is related to the surgery, but they are optimistic. Manager Bob Geren said Duchscherer will take some time off, receive treatment and possibly pitch again in a couple of weeks.
Place Duchscherer on your disabled list, but dropping him isn't out of the question with it being so late in the season. He has become a little more human since the break, with a 4.91 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and .281 opponents' batting average. He has not won since July 8. If he returned in two weeks, he could make three starts before the end of the year. However, it's possible the team will shut him down for the season.
Eveland could have some fantasy value. He pitched well in the first half of the season with a 7-6 record and a 3.49 ERA. He's worth a flier in AL-only leagues. Keep an eye on him in deep mixed leagues.
Meyer has no fantasy value right now. The former top prospect, now 27, has yet to remain healthy or figure out how to retire major league hitters. In 2004, he went 3-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings at Triple-A Richmond. That was before his career derailed, in part, due to a shoulder injury. If he can harness his potential, he could be an option for spot starts, at least in AL-only formats.
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