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Crasnick: Don’t rule out Duchscherer

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Late last night, Jack Curry reported that the Yankees seem unlikely to sign Jeremy Bonderman. This morning, Jerry Crasnick reported that the opposite is true of former Oakland starter Justin Duchscherer.

A source told Crasnick that the Yankees are “stepping up their pursuit” of Duchscherer.

Spending all of his career in the American League West, Duchscherer has been an all-star starter and reliever, but a series of injuries and a battle with depression have limited his career. He had a 2.89 ERA through five starts last season, but a hip injury meant he didn’t make a start beyond April 29.

Crasnick notes that it’s unclear whether the Yankees are interested in Duchscherer as a starter or reliever. It could be one of the perks of signing him that he could serve either role, potentially — and I’m guessing here — depending on whether Andy Pettitte comes back.

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