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.
The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.