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A.J. Griffin exits start against Blue Jays with tight shoulder, MRI shows no damage

Aug 4, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says Griffin’s MRI turned up clean.

4:57 PM: Lee reports that Griffin exited due to right shoulder tightness.

4:46 PM: According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin left his start against the Blue Jays this afternoon in the top of the second inning with an apparent injury.

No word yet on the exact nature of the injury, but Griffin’s velocity took a pretty big dip over his final couple of pitches. He was visited on the mound by Athletics manager Bob Melvin and team trainer Nick Paparesta before being replaced by Jordan Norberto. Not what you want after last night’s 15-inning marathon.

Griffin has been a nice surprise for the A’s since making his major league debut on June 24, posting a 2.42 ERA and 35/10 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that Brandon McCarthy is slated to make his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento tonight, so he would be on his regular turn if needed. McCarthy has been sidelined since June 19 with a right shoulder strain.

  1. missthemexpos - Aug 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    With the number of times Blue Jay pitchers this year have had to exit games early with injuries, I certainly hope this phenomenon of pitchers going down is not contagious and starting to effect the teams opposing Toronto.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Griffin’s injury did not lose the game for Oakland. Their pen pitched well until the 9th when Cook gave up Toronto’s first run of the game. Blevins then gave up 2 runs in the top of the 11th. For Toronto, Cooper tied the game with a homer and Encarnacion won the game with his base running. Rookie Moises Sierra went 3 for 5 for Toronto, but made a base running blunder in the second inning that cost Toronto an early run.

    • jaysjunkie - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Seems like there’s been more pitchers leaving games early with injuries than I can remember in recent history and not just Jays pitchers either.

      When I saw Jesse Chavez with his 8.85 ERA coming in when the game was tied (9th or 10th inning, can’t remember) I nearly shat myself. The fact this stiff was even recalled is a sign of how dire things have become. And yeah, Sierra was a little adventurous out there on the bases.

  3. APBA Guy - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Scary. Mix-a-Lot’s velocity was down to 84 on his FB in the 2nd. The Blue Jays were way out in front, but would only have been a matter of a hitter or two before they would have realized those weren’t change-ups he was throwing. Let’s hope rest is all he needs.

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