Drew Pomeranz is considering whether or not he’ll have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder this winter.
A’s reliever Drew Pomeranz has heard the recommendation that he should have clavicle resection procedure to clear up problems in his left shoulder.
Oakland shut Pomeranz down the last week of with AC joint problems in his left shoulder. A similar issue sent him to the disabled list for .two weeks in May.
After reviewing an MRI on the shoulder, A’s associate team orthopedist Dr. Will Workman recommended to Pomeranz that he have some work done on his shoulder where he is dealing with some arthritic conditions.
“Drew is going to see some other opinions,’’ A’s trainer Nick Paparesta said Saturday. “He’ll sit down and determine if this is something he wants to do at this stage or if he just wants to let (the shoulder) calm down.’’
Recovery time on the procedure, which Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera once had on his right shoulder, is about six weeks.
“Usually when you think shoulder surgery, you think bad things, a year or whatever,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “What we’re being told now, it’s not that. If he does have this done, he should be fine come spring training.’’
–Elsewhere on the injury front as the season runs into its final weekend, the A’s are getting some positive results looking toward the 2016 season.
Starter Jarrod Parker continues to throw after having missed the last two seasons following 2013’s Tommy John surgery. The A’s had hoped to have him back mid-season, but as he was tuning up in the minor leagues he hurt his right elbow and needed surgery to mend a medial epicondyle fracture. The A’s don’t know if he will be available come spring training.
Starter A.J. Griffin, on the other hand, should be good to go next February in Mesa, Ariz. Like Parker, he’s coming back from missing two years after Tommy John surgery. He’s shut down now because of some tendinitis in his right shoulder. “I think Griffin hopefully should be a full-go once he gets to spring,’’ Melvin said.
Starter Jesse Hahn missed the second half of the season with a right forearm strain. He’s throwing now, still relatively softly and not to a great distance, but the A’s are optimistic that he will be good to go come spring training.
Catcher Josh Phegley, sidelined by a concussion late in September, didn’t travels with the A’s to Anaheim and Seattle on the final road trip. If he had, he might have played some, because he’s feeling exponentially better. “He’s good to the point if he was here with us now, he might be able to play one of these last couple of games,’’ Melvin said. “He’s made significant strides in how he feels;’’
First baseman Ike Davis had successful hip surgery in August and has been doing his rehab work in Arizona.
–36 players flew with the A’s on this last road trip, but only 15 will be flying back to Oakland. The other 21 are heading home from Seattle. The ones living in the Eastern Time Zone have time to kill Sunday and some are opting to watch the Seattle Sounders host the LA Galaxy at Century Link Field across the street from Safeco Field. Others are opting to watch Neil Young at the WaMu Theater downtown at the convention center.
–Big league clubs were given the option to use iPads (with their wireless functions disabled) in the dugouts the last week of the season as an experiment. Melvin said he’d prefer to wait to test the digital approach until spring training. “We’re kind of set on what we do in the dugout right now,’’ he said. “It seems like more of a spring training thing.’’
–A’s pitcher have allowed 83 homers in the last 52 games after having allowed just 87 in the first 108 games. The total of 170 homers given up is the seventh-highest total in Oakland history and the most by an A’s team since the 1998 squad allowed 179.