Putting the pieces back together

Clinical depression had sent pitcher Justin Duchscherer's life, career into a tailspin

Updated: November 25, 2009, 12:59 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

A pitcher's manhood is routinely defined by what he throws instead of who he really is. Does he have the self-assurance to pitch inside? Is he "man'' enough to throw the breaking ball on a full count, or tough enough to go eight or nine innings and save the bullpen for the following night?

Justin Duchscherer became conditioned to view himself through the prism of wins, losses and ERA in five seasons with the Oakland A's. But in truth, his most enduring display of fortitude came far from ...

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