Devine's soreness remains a mystery

Devine's soreness remains a mystery

Devine's soreness remains a mystery
OAKLAND -- The good news for Joey Devine is that there appears to be no structural damage to his right elbow. The bad news is that there is still no explanation why he's been plagued by flexor tendon tendinitis for more than two years.

A's manager Bob Melvin said on Thursday that the team's medical staff is in the process of designing the best plan to combat Devine's lingering soreness. The right-handed reliever has shut down all throwing activity for the time being, and it's not yet known when he'll restart it.

"They're going to figure out what the best prognosis is and what the best direction to go is," Melvin said. "Whether it's strengthening, they're going to do everything they can to get it figured out."

Devine, 28, underwent successful Tommy John surgery in April 2009, but has made just 26 big league appearances since then. He had three spring outings early on in camp before the tendinitis sidelined him.