Duke deal official

The Orioles have announced the Justin Duchscherer signing and will have a conference call later so check bag on the blog for some quotes. Here’s the official release…

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent RHP Justin Duchscherer to a one-year contract.

 Duchscherer (pronounced Duke-sher), 33, went 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA (28.0IP, 9ER) in five starts for the Oakland Athletics in 2010.  He did not pitch after April 29 and had surgery to correct a Femoral Acetabular Impingement in his left hip on June 7.

A two-time All-Star (2005 and 2008), Duchscherer is 33-25 with a 3.13 ERA (454.2IP, 158ER) in eight major league seasons.  He has made 32 starts, with 27 of them coming in his All-Star season of 2008 (10-8, 2.54 ERA) and 2010.

Originally an 8th round selection of the Boston Red Sox in 1996, he made his major league debut with a five-game stint for the Texas Rangers in 2001.  Duchscherer has since gone 32-24 with a 2.82 ERA (440.0IP, 138ER) in 219 appearances for Oakland.

With the addition of Duchscherer, the Orioles now have a full 40-man roster.

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