A’s reliever Andrew Carignan likely needs elbow surgery

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Andrew Carignan looked like a potential late-inning bullpen option for the A’s after posting a 2.40 ERA and fantastic 40/8 K/BB ratio in 30 innings at Triple-A, but he’s struggled to throw strikes in the majors and now he might be going under the knife.

Carignan has been placed on the disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s believe the ligament is actually torn, which would require season-ending Tommy John surgery.

It’s a particularly tough break because Carignan will be 26 years old next month and was just getting a chance to establish himself in the majors, but Tommy John surgery would knock him out until mid-2013 at the earliest.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.