Dallas Braden undergoes rotator cuff surgery; Travis Blackley to start Wednesday for A’s

Greetings from Cleveland, where the sun is out and we’re set to start on time after heavy rain hit all afternoon …

A’s lefty Dallas Braden suffered another setback. He underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, so he faces another long-term rehabilitation. Just a real bad break for the guy after all the work he put in to try and come back from last year’s shoulder capsule surgery.

–Travis Blackley got the nod for Wednesday’s start, A’s manager Bob Melvin said. What’s the plan beyond Wednesday for that rotation spot? Melvin said they’ll see how it goes and decide accordingly. Dan Straily wouldn’t have been eligible to return from the minors until Thursday. A.J. Griffin, set to throw tonight for Triple-A Sacramento, really needs this second rehab start after he went just 2 1/3 innings in his first one. “We just felt we were better off going with the guy who’s a little more stretched out at this point,” Melvin said. “Whether starting or long relieving, (Blackley) has been very good for us in a number of roles. Not only that, he probably deserves the start.”

But Melvin added: “If we feel like we benefit more with him in the bullpen after that and somebody else (starting), we’re not sure yet.” If Blackley isn’t a long-term starter, it’s interesting to ponder whether the A’s would choose Griffin or Straily to bring back and join the rotation for the remaining few weeks of the season. Who would you like to see? Straily came up with much more hoopla for his debut, but Griffin seems like a little more of a known quantity as far as what the A’s got from him before he got injured. That’s an interesting one to ponder …

–No Brandon Inge yet. He was eligible to return from the D.L. today, but Melvin said he wants to make sure Inge (sprained right shoulder) can make all the throws and is fully recovered while playing rehab games with Sacramento. But Melvin acknowledged that the fact that Josh Donaldson is hitting well while playing third in Inge’s place makes it easier to be cautious with Inge. …

–Eric Sogard suffered a high ankle sprain while nearing the end of his rehab stint for a back injury, so he’ll be out a while longer. Too bad for him and the A’s, because Sogard would have been an option at second base.

The lineups:

A’s — Crisp CF, Drew SS, Cespedes LF, Smith DH, Carter 1B, Reddick RF, Donaldson 3B, Norris C, Pennington 2B; Anderson LHP.

Indians — Kipnis 2B, Donald 3B, Choo RF, Santana DH, Brantley Cf, Duncan LF, Lillibridge SS, LaPorta 1B, Marson C; Hernandez RHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    Cut Braden,he’s just good money down the drain. Cut your losses and end the gravy train for Dallas.