Justin Duchscherer likes the idea of returning to the starting rotation for the A's in 2008.

Duchscherer, who underwent surgery on his arthritic right hip in 2007, had been a starter throughout his amateur and Minor League careers, but was switched to the bullpen upon reaching the Majors with the A's in 2005.

Recently, the A's have begun to consider moving him back to the rotation, which would provide more time between appearances.

"I think the injury this year has put them in the mind-set that maybe getting four days off in between pitching is going to help me stay healthier," Duchscherer told Players Talk. "So I look forward to it, I've wanted to start for years and I look forward to the challenge of it."

When asked about the A's opening up the 2008 season in Japan against the Boston Red Sox, Duchscherer said, "I look forward to going to Japan, I've always wanted to go. I think it's going to be a cool experience."

Duchscherer is 21-16 with a 3.44 ERA for the A's since joining the A's in 2005.