Athletics activate A.J. Griffin from the disabled list, option him to Triple-A

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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.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.