Drew Pomeranz's strange career took another turn in 2015, as he spent most of his fifth season in the majors serving out of the bullpen. He struggled as a starter early on, so when he returned from a brief disabled list stint for a sprained AC joint, Pomeranz was inserted into the bullpen. He pitched well, posting a 2.61 ERA with three saves as a reliever. Pomeranz had shoulder surgery this offseason, but should be ready to report to spring training for his new team, the Padres. His role is uncertain, but if he starts, he could be valuable as a relief-eligible pitcher in standard mixed Head-to-Head formats, worthy of a mid-to-late round pick.
Pomeranz and the Padres agreed to a one-year, $1.35 million contract to avoid arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Pomeranz has been solid but not spectacular in a swingman role the last two seasons, as he owns a 3.08 ERA and a 146:57 K:BB in 73 games (19 starts) since 2014 for Oakland. He was far better as a reliever (2.61 ERA, 3.3 K/BB) than a starter (4.63 ERA, 2.1 K/BB) in 2015, and he is best suited to a bullpen role in San Diego.
Pomeranz was traded to the Padres on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Pomeranz underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in the offseason, but it appears all has checked out in that regard. The southpaw spent most of the 2015 campaign pitching out of the A's bullpen, but could be a candidate to rejoin the rotation in San Diego.
Pomeranz had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. This type of surgery generally indicates a shorter recovery timeline, so it's assumed the left-hander should be ready for spring training in 2016. It's unclear heading into the offseason where the A's plan on using Pomeranz -- he did make nine starts in 2015, but he seemed to be much more effective out of the bullpen, posting a 2.61 ERA in 44 appearances.
Athletics left-hander Drew Pomeranz is slated for arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his left shoulder, John Hick of the Bay Area News Group reports. After making his last appearance of the season on Sept. 26, Pomeranz soon returned to Oakland in order to have an MRI on his shoulder, which revealed damage to the AC joint. While the extent of the ailment isn't known and surgery hasn't been scheduled, an arthroscopic procedure signals a shorter recovery timeline. As a result, the left-handed reliever should be available by the time camp rolls around next March.
If Athletics left-hander Drew Pomeranz was seeking to solidify what appears to be his hold on the closer role, he certainly stated one heck of a case with his arm Saturday night. Pomeranz struck out the side in Arizona for his third save. He finished with a flourish, fanning Jarrod Saltalamacchia on three pitches. He has thrown 4 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and whiffed seven in that stretch.
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