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Orioles pitcher Justin Duschscherer was scheduled to have a medical procedure on his lower back today, which doctors hope will relieve pain that has sidelined him since spring training.

The procedure, an ablation, involves using radio frequency waves to heat up the nerves, which can provide temporary relief from the painful area. Duchscherer has had the procedure in the past, and gone pain free for several months, so the team is hopeful he can still contribute and be a part of the rotation this year.

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Showalter said his expectations for Duchscherer haven't changed this year. The Orioles understood that signing him was a bit of a risk considering his injury history.

"We came into it looking through clear glasses knowing some of the challenges he's had," Showalter said. "We were hoping we could get to a point where he could manage it. And we still hold out that hope. I think we'll know a little bit better what we're dealing with after we go through this procedure. We were willing to take the risk."

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