Pomeranz considering shoulder surgery
A's left-hander will seek second opinion
SEATTLE -- A's left-hander Drew Pomeranz will consider undergoing a clavicle resection to treat impingement in the AC joint of his throwing shoulder, as recommended by team orthopedist Will Workman.
Pomeranz dealt with the issue much of the season -- even landing on the disabled list for a two-week period in May -- before being shut down recently. He's expected to seek a second opinion before agreeing to the operation, which typically requires a six-week recovery period.
Even if he has the procedure, Pomeranz is expected to be ready by Spring Training.
"We'll let him sit down and determine if it's something he wants to do at this stage," head trainer Nick Paparesta said, "or just let it calm down."
Pomeranz posted a 2.61 ERA in 44 relief appearances compared to a 4.63 ERA in nine starting assignments. He will be considered for both roles come Spring Training.
• Though currently shut down to alleviate shoulder tendinitis, right-hander A.J. Griffin is also anticipated to be a full go by Spring Training after pitching in just two games for Triple-A Nashville this year.
There's less certainty with Jarrod Parker, whose May surgery to repair an elbow fracture came on the heels of his second Tommy John procedure. The right-hander only recently began throwing again.
• Melvin said catcher Josh Phegley (concussion symptoms) has greatly improved in recent days and should have no issues going into Spring Training.