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.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.