Oakland A's MLN: Rehab Updates

Injuries have been a problem for the Oakland A's organization all season long. We recently checked in with the A's Director of Player Development, Keith Lieppman, to get injury updates on some of the A's hobbled prospects.

Mitchell, Windsor Under The Knife

Two of the Oakland A's top right-handed pitching prospects, Jason Windsor and Mike Mitchell, will miss the rest of the season with shoulder injuries. Windsor was injured in late May and had attempted to rehab the shoulder non-surgically. That attempt has ended and he underwent shoulder surgery, according to A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman.

Lieppman also indicated that Mitchell's rehab from s shoulder injury has ended and the right-hander is now scheduled for shoulder surgery. Mitchell almost made the A's 25-man roster at the end of spring training after he put together an outstanding showing at big league camp. The Missouri native suffered a sore shoulder at the end of camp, however. That soreness turned out to be a partial tear of his labrum in his throwing shoulder.

He attempted to rehab the injury without surgery and had made it back on the field with the A's Rookie League team in early July. After four outings in Arizona, Mitchell was sent to High-A Stockton. However, based on his numbers with Stockton, it was pretty clear that Mitchell was still not 100 percent. He walked six and allowed seven hits in only 8.1 innings with the Ports. He last pitched on July 23rd and was shut-down after that.

Both Windsor and Mitchell should compete for spots on the A's pitching staff once they are 100 percent recovered from their injuries.

Updates On Ray, Morris, Desme and Herrera

Lieppman indicated that right-hander Jason Ray, who has been out since early June with elbow soreness, is home rehabbing the injury without surgery.

Jed Morris, who has overcome cancer and a broken hamate bone over the past year, is still struggling with injuries, according to Lieppman. He is having troubles with his wrist and shoulder and has appeared in only two games this season, both for the A's Rookie League team.

A's 2007 second round pick Grant Desme is on the road to recovery from a broken wrist he sustained during his college season. Desme, according to Lieppman, has recently gotten out of the splint he was wearing on the injured wrist and he is continuing his rehab.

The injury bug has spread to the A's full-season affiliates, as well. Top outfield prospect Javier Herrera left a game with the Midland Rockhounds earlier this week with a pulled hamstring. He has been placed on the DL in Midland. Herrera has had multiple hamstring issues this season.

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