Orioles reach deal with pitcher Duchscherer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former All-Star Justin Duchscherer has agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles pending a physical exam of the injury-plagued pitcher, the Major League Baseball website mlb.com said Monday.

The 33-year-old Duchscherer, who has a career record of 33-25 with a 3.13 earned run average but is coming off his second hip surgery, would receive $1.1 million if he makes the team and could earn up to $4.5 million based on productivity.

The low-risk deal continued a busy offseason for the Orioles, who have added Derrek Lee, Mark Reynolds and J.J. Hardy to their infield and Kevin Gregg to their bullpen.

Duchscherer came up as a reliever but prefers to be in the starting rotation. In 32 career starts, the control pitcher has gone 14-11 with a 3.01 ERA.

A former 10-game winner, Duchscherer made just five starts last season before needing his second left hip surgery. The right-hander missed all of 2009 after an elbow injury.

Duchscherer, an All-Star with Oakland in 2005 and 2008, would join Jeremy Guthrie to lend a veteran presence to a crop of promising starters including Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman.

(Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by Steve Ginsburg)