Elbow an issue for Devine; Braden sees doc

Elbow an issue for Devine; Braden sees doc

SAN FRANCISCO -- The hits keep on coming for A's right-handed reliever Joey Devine, as manager Bob Melvin said Monday that Devine suffered yet another injury setback.

"His elbow's bothering him a little bit again," Melvin said. "We're going to get a further report on him tomorrow or the next day."

The news is another blow for Devine, who has incurred a bevy of injuries since going 6-1 with a 0.59 ERA in 42 appearances with the A's in 2008. Devine was placed on the 15-day disabled list in March with right biceps tendinitis and is eligible to return Sunday, but it doesn't look like that's a possibility now. The 28-year-old missed the 2009-10 seasons and had a 3.52 ERA in 26 appearances in 2011.

Melvin also had an update on Dallas Braden, saying the southpaw met with Dr. David Altchek in New York on Monday. Altcheck performed last year's shoulder capsule surgery on Dallas Braden, and Melvin said the A's were expecting an update by Tuesday.

Braden was originally hoping to return to the rotation by early May, but he experienced shoulder soreness before the A's left for their season-opening series in Japan. The eccentric lefty hasn't pitched since April 16, 2011.