A's RHP Duchscherer Battling Clinical Depression

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Justin Duchscherer's agent says the Oakland Athletics right-hander won't pitch this season so he can concentrate on his treatment for clinical depression.

Duchscherer has been out all year after undergoing right elbow surgery in March. He made the All-Star team as a reliever in 2005 and a starter last season.

Damon Lapa, Duchscherer's agent, held a conference call Friday and said the pitcher has been dealing with depression for some time.