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Justin Duchsherer

With regular closer Huston Street out of commission for a couple months, the A's hope Justin Duchsherer can battle through hip pain to takeover the closing duties.  If he can't go, the likely scenario is a wide open competition that will begin as a match-ups-based one with, I can't believe I'm going to say this, Alan Embree as the favorite.

The most recent news has Duchsherer's hip unresponsive to the cortisone shot.  Get ready for a wild ride through the A's bullpen. And don't be surprised to see a level of desperation that has Brad Halsey, Jason Windsor and other AAA starting pitchers getting a shot.

Esteban Loiaza? Rich Harden? Everything is on the table if the bullpen gets as ugly as I can envision it becoming.