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Elbow injury keeps A.J. Griffin off A’s roster for ALDS

Oct 1, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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A.J. Griffin led the A’s in innings this season and ranked second in ERA behind Bartolo Colon, but the 25-year-old right-hander won’t be in the ALDS rotation because of an elbow injury.

A’s manager Bob Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com that Griffin has been dealing with elbow tendinitis for a while now and it’s gotten worse of late, so Oakland will give him the round off and hope he’s available later in the playoffs. There wasn’t much sign of an injury within Griffin’s performance, as he started five September games with a 3.19 ERA and 37/6 K/BB ratio in 31 innings for arguably his most impressive month of the season.

Without Griffin as an option the A’s announced that Colon will start Game 1 against the Tigers, followed by rookie Sonny Gray in Game 2, Jarrod Parker in Game 3, and Dan Straily in Game 4.

  1. APBA Guy - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Ron Shandler a few years ago had an epic rant about lack of or downright misleading information concerning player injuries coming from clubs, who hid behind HIPAA and made other excuses for not sharing some basic injury info regarding players. As most of you know I follow the A’s somewhat and I had no idea Griffin was ailing. Although 87 mph with everything up in the zone was making many of us fans ill.

    The big difference between Griffin and Straily is poise. Griffin has it. So I’m assuming he’s really hurt in some way. If that’s true, I certainly hope he recovers quickly and completely. A healthy Griffin is a grinder who can induce outs and keep his team in games. That’s a good thing to have when the pressure is on.

  2. clydeserra - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Its true what apba guy said, there was never any sign of injury.

    If there was an injury, i would suspect a sore neck after watching 35 or so home runs this season.

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