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A.J. Griffin still feeling discomfort in elbow, will go for second opinion next week

Apr 24, 2014, 7:46 PM EST

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Some troubling news for the Athletics this evening, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that A.J. Griffin is feeling continued discomfort in his right elbow and will see Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff in Houston next Tuesday for a second opinion.

Griffin was shut down about five weeks ago due to right flexor tendinitis, an issue which dates back to late last season. He began throwing in the past couple of days, but still doesn’t feel right. These type of injuries are sometimes a precursor to Tommy John surgery, so the Athletics will have to hope that the worst-case scenario is not necessary. They already had Jarrod Parker go under the knife in the spring.

Griffin, 26, owns a 3.60 ERA over his first 47 starts in the majors.

  1. rbj1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Do I hear “Tommy John?” It’s the hot surgery of the season.

  2. APBA Guy - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    This doesn’t sound good. The A’s have been playing above .500 with their depleted pitching, but after this series with the ‘Stros they will have used up about 40% of those near-automatic wins.

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