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A’s send injured starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin to doctors

Mar 14, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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It’s been a rough day for the A’s starting rotation, as expected Opening Day starter Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin are both headed for the disabled list to begin the season.

Parker has a forearm injury and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he’s traveling to Alabama on Monday to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, which is every fans least favorite thing to hear. Griffin has an elbow injury and Slusser says he’s being examined today in Arizona by a different doctor.

Parker and Griffin both had similar arm issues late last season, and Parker has already come back from Tommy John elbow surgery once. Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone are the likely rotation replacements and Sonny Gray might get the Opening Day assignment with just 10 regular season starts to his name.

And now the A’s will hope that Parker and Griffin don’t follow Braves starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy in being eligible for 2-for-1 surgeries.

  1. Pat Richardson - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Dr. Andrews probably floats quite a few ‘bama municipal budgets with the tax revenue his office generates every March.

    • APBA Guy - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      His main office is now in Pensacola, FL. But he does a lot of biz out of both locations.

  2. Detroit Michael - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    With Tommy Milone as their 6th starter, at least the Athletics have pretty decent depth.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    “Griffin has an elbow injury and Slusser says he’s being examined today in Arizona by a different doctor.”

    I bet. Andrews’ office doesn’t have a waiting room big enough for all of these Monday appointments he has lined up.

  4. emdash01 - Mar 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Tom Boswell wrote that the start of the season was the most dangerous time for pitchers, as they start to get themselves back into shape for the season. This last week seems to bear that out, but I wonder if anyone’s done a study on the most common times of year for major pitching injuries.

    Hope Parker and Griffin’s issues are minor.

    • APBA Guy - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Unfortunate. Griffin, 26, has thrown a lot of innings for a young starter, but it’s been a controlled progression 160 to 180 to 200 IP at all levels over the past 3 years. Parker’s a bit different, going from 138 in 2011 to over 200 in 2012 and 197 last year. He’s 25.

      That’s the real damage to the A’s, losing 400 IP of quality starts for 2014, if it comes to that. Best of luck to the two.

  5. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    more pitcher injuries. Spring training is hell on arms

  6. markofapro - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Huge Ranger fan here (I’m sure y’all don’t give a sh4t about that ) but I’m not happy to see these pitchers get hurt and be out. The A’s have a good chance to get to the WS with them. Hope they are okay.

  7. strictlythedanks - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    That was oftly generous of the As

  8. sawxalicious - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    The A’s GM sure does like deals…”Two for one Tommy John surgery coupon day? Where do I sign up?”

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