A's Duchscherer feels discomfort in surgically repaired hip

Updated: August 19, 2008, 1:08 AM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Oakland Athletics ace Justin Duchscherer left Monday's game against the Minnesota Twins in the third inning with right hip pain.

Duchscherer had season-ending surgery on the same hip halfway through last season and said he began to have some discomfort during his last start against Tampa Bay. He'll fly back to Oakland on Tuesday for more tests.

"It was tight, but I didn't think it was that bad," Duchscherer said. "I felt that if I kept pushing off, I'd make it worse."

Duchscherer threw 36 pitches and Oakland was leading 1-0 when he left with two outs. He also said that the pain wasn't as bad as what he felt last season, and that trainers are hoping its just tendinitis flaring up from the surgery.

"I'm just trying to be positive," he said.

The All-Star right-hander spent time on the DL in early April because of a strained right biceps.

Duchscherer entered Monday's start 10-8 with a 2.59 ERA. In his last five starts, he was 0-3 with a 5.34 ERA. He was replaced by Kirk Saarloos, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento before the game.

Oakland held on to beat the Twins, 3-2.

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