Injured Braden visiting specialist in LA

Injured Braden visiting specialist in LA

OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Dallas Braden, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder stiffness on Monday, will be evaluated by noted orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Until the results of that visit are revealed, the A's won't know the extent of Braden's injury, which marks the first time he's experienced shoulder problems in his big league career.

The 27-year-old exited Saturday's start after five frames and paid a visit to the team orthopedist on Sunday but walked away without any definitive answers, leaving the A's still hopeful that it's nothing of the long-term sort.

Braden, now enduring the fourth DL stint of his career, was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts this season, yielding 18 hits while racking up 15 strikeouts and five walks.

Right-hander Tyson Ross, who has made three appearances out of the bullpen this season, will take Braden's place in the rotation beginning Friday in Seattle.