The Oakland A's Justin Duchscherer will have exploratory surgery on his right elbow and start the 2009 season on the disabled list. Duchscherer ended last year on the DL after having hip surgery.
This will be his fifth stint on the DL in the past four years.
Duchscherer, who is in the last year of his contract, may return to the A's bullpen when he's healthy again. But he has no interest in returning to the bullpen.
In 2008, Duchscherer was 10-8 in 22 starts with an ERA of 2.54 and a WHIP of 1.00.