Editor's note: The above video is from Drew Pomeranz's postgame media availability on July 26, 2015.
A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz had minor surgery on his left shoulder that is expected to leave him ready for spring training.
The team announced that Pomeranz underwent a clavicle resection, a minimally invasive procedure meant to relieve pain in the AC joint, where the collarbone meets the highest point of the shoulder blade. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas, and the A’s say Pomeranz will begin physical therapy shortly.
Pomeranz has dealt with soreness in that part of his shoulder periodically throughout his career. It got bad enough that he was shut down in late September and had been contemplating whether to have the surgery or just go the rehab route.
The lefty began the season in Oakland’s rotation and went 2-3 with a 4.63 ERA over nine starts. After going on the disabled list in mid-May for a sprained AC joint, he came back in June and joined the bullpen, posting a 2.61 ERA and .205 opponents’ batting average in 44 appearances. Pomeranz settled into a late-inning setup role, and his versatility gives the A’s options. He could open next season setting up for closer Sean Doolittle, or, given that multiple starters who will be coming off injuries, he could slide back into the rotation.
“He can do both, and when you have the ability to do that, it depends on the nucleus around you and what you need,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said in late September.