Sunday June 14th, 2015

The Oakland Athletics reinstated righthander A.J. Griffin from the 60-disabled list Saturday night and optioned him to Triple A Nashville, marking another step in Griffin’s return from Tommy John surgery.

In a corresponding move, the A’s transferred closer Sean Doolittle from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Doolittle continues to deal with a strained left shoulder.

Griffin, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last season after beginning the season on the 60-day DL with flexor tendonits in his right elbow.

A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters on Saturday that Griffin would remain at Nashville for the immediate future while he continues his rehab. In a rehab start on Friday, he collected a loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits while striking out five and walking none over 4 1/3 innings. Over his two prior rehab starts this year, he pitched seven scoreless inning and allowed only two hits.

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“He’s not ready to be here right now, with it being his first outing of five innings and 80 pitches,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters. “So it’s gonna take him some time to get to where we’re looking to potentially bring him up here.”

- Mike Fiammetta

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