Shoulder injury halts A.J. Griffin’s recovery from Tommy John surgery

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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.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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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.