The Athletics activated pitcher A.J. Griffin from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, closer Sean Doolittle was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Per Slusser, manager Bob Melvin says Griffin isn’t quite ready to return to the majors yet, as he’s only up to about 80 pitches. The 27-year-old right-hander, on the road back from Tommy John surgery, has made three rehab starts. He pitched well in his first two at Single-A, but struggled in his most recent, allowing six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings at Triple-A.
Griffin will make a few more starts at Triple-A. If he can prove himself useful, the A’s might bring him up to the major leagues by the All-Star break. Griffin hasn’t pitched in the majors since the end of the 2013 season.
As for Doolittle, his move to the 60-day disabled list means the A’s won’t be seeing him back for a while, if at all this season. He’s battling a left shoulder injury.
A’s right-hander A.J. Griffin’s recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery has been shut down after he experienced shoulder soreness during a simulated game Thursday.
Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that the A’s are hopeful it proves to be a minor setback because Griffin hadn’t previously dealt with any shoulder problems.
He was close to being cleared for a minor-league rehab assignment about a year removed from surgery, but now Griffin’s recovery timetable is on hold.
Prior to the elbow injury Griffin started 47 games for the A’s in 2012 and 2013, posting a 3.60 ERA and 235/73 K/BB ratio in 282 innings. He missed all of 2014.
A.J. Griffin is apparently preparing himself for ways to make money if this whole comeback from Tommy John surgery thing doesn’t work out.
The Athletics have claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Orioles, the club announced Friday afternoon. To make room for Hassan on the 40-man roster, the A’s moved pitcher A.J. Griffin to the 60-day disabled list.
It’s the second time the Athletics have claimed Hassan off waivers this offseason. In November, they claimed him from the Red Sox, and three days later, the Orioles claimed him from the A’s.
Hassan, 26, made his major league debut in June but accrued only nine plate appearances in the show. He singled once, drew a walk, scored a run, and struck out five times. However, Hassan put up good numbers in the minors, including a .378 on-base percentage in 474 plate appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket last season.
MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the Athletics expect to activate pitchers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin from the disabled list some time in June. Parker underwent Tommy John surgery in March and Griffin soon joined him with a Tommy John surgery of his own in April.
Parker, 26, has a career 3.68 ERA and a 275/127 K/BB ratio over 384 innings. The Athletics acquired him along with Ryan Cook and Collin Cowgill from the Diamondbacks in December 2011, trading away Craig Breslow and Trevor Cahill.
Griffin, 27, has a career 3.60 ERA and a 235/73 K/BB ratio over 282 1/3 innings.
The Athletics’ starting rotation entering the season figures to include Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz, and Jesse Hahn. Sean Nolin, Chris Bassitt, and Kendall Graveman will have an opportunity to make their case during spring training as well.