Graveman will undergo Tommy John surgery, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
He has not pitched since May 24, but since he won't be having the surgery until now, Graveman will likely miss the entire 2019 season. The 27-year-old righty has a 4.38 ERA in 446 MLB innings, but turned in a career-worst 7.60 ERA in seven starts for the big-league club this season before suffering the injury.
Graveman (forearm), who is on the Triple-A disabled list, is rehabbing in Arizona but may be out "for some time" according to manager Bob Melvin, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Graveman originally went on the disabled list at Triple-A Nashville on May 31 after compiling a 2-1 record, 4.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over 24 innings across four starts. He was originally expected to only miss about 10 days, but that timeline has already been exceeded. The right-hander has yet to resume any baseball activities, and according to Melvin, the organization will be careful not to rush the 27-year-old back. "He may be out for some time," Melvin said. "Typically, we're pretty cautious with that type of thing - so he's not doing any baseball activity at this point."
Graveman was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Nashville on Sunday due to a right forearm strain, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Fortunately for Graveman, he underwent an MRI which revealed no structural damage to his throwing arm, leaving the organization optimistic that he won't be sidelined longer than 10 days. The injury is nonetheless an untimely development for the soft-tossing hurler, who might have been next in line for a promotion to the big leagues if a replacement in the rotation is needed for Daniel Gossett (elbow) during the upcoming week.
Graveman is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over 24 innings across four outings with Triple-A Nashville, but he's now produced three consecutive quality starts.
The right-hander got off to a rough start in Nashville on May 1, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits over 5.2 innings to Colorado Springs. However, he's subsequently rebounded to pitch at least six innings and give up no more than two earned runs in each of his last three trips to the mound with the Sounds, and he also picked a win over the Yankees in a big-league spot start on May 11. Graveman has generated a 13:4 K:BB over that span as well, and it appears the Athletics will continue to allow him to build his confidence at the Triple-A level for the time being before considering him for another promotion.
Graveman was bypassed for a promotion from Triple-A Nashville when the Athletics required a fifth starter Sunday against the Diamondbacks and is expected to remain in the minors for the foreseeable future to continue working on his mechanics, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Frankie Montas was instead summoned from Triple-A to fill Brett Anderson's (shoulder) spot in the rotation Sunday and delivered six innings of one-run ball and struck out seven in the spot start. Though Anderson and Andrew Triggs (forearm) both seem likely to miss at least two more turns through the rotation, the strong performances delivered by Montas and Daniel Gossett in place of the injured hurlers gives the Athletics no incentive to look in Graveman's direction just yet. Graveman will instead continue to bide his time at Nashville, where he has posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP across four starts this season.
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