No timeframe set for Duchscherer's return

No timeframe set for Duchscherer's return

BALTIMORE -- While Oakland starter Justin Duchscherer continues to rehab from undergoing right elbow surgery in March, Athletics manager Bob Geren said Tuesday he could not suggest a timeframe for the pitcher's return to the starting rotation and that an update should be available within the next few days.

"That is being discussed right now," Geren said. "We're still going over a couple of possibilities, so I might have more for you after the game and/or tomorrow. But everything is good. I spoke with him last night, and he feels great. So it's good news."

Duchscherer has spent the entire season on the disabled list and has been making regular rehab starts in the Athletics' Minor League organizations in Sacramento and Phoenix. In his most recent start, the right-hander gave up two hits and no runs in four innings, throwing 55 pitches.

In his absence, the A's pitching staff has carried on with a group of rookie pitchers. Currently, the club has four rookies in its starting rotation and rookie pitchers have started 79 of Oakland's 112 games this season. Geren said with Duchscherer's hopeful return, his young collection of starters will get a chance to learn from the right-hander, who has had a knack of striking out batters throughout his career.

"He's a strike-throwing machine," Geren said. "He always has been, from the day he signed."

As for Duchscherer's role when he returns to action? In Geren's eyes, that's easy.

"I want him to pitch, pitch well and win," Geren said. "Ideally he'll give other guys some rest. That's what I'd want from him."

Brian Eller is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.