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Athletics assistant GM David Forst refutes report that A.J. Griffin will have Tommy John surgery

Apr 25, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

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Athletics starter A.J. Griffin was shut down for three weeks during spring training in mid-March with flexor tendinitis in his right elbow. Initially, the Athletics thought they’d dodged a bullet, but a source told CSN Bay Area’s Joe Stiglich that the right-hander will indeed undergo Tommy John surgery. Susan Slusser reports that assistant GM David Forst has refuted Stiglich’s report.

In the event that Griffin would need the surgery, he would join teammate Jarrod Parker as A’s pitchers to have undergone the procedure. Parker had his operation performed on March 25. It typically takes between a year and a year and a half for a pitcher to recover from Tommy John surgery, so Griffin wouldn’t be back until this time next season, if not later.

In 200 innings over 32 starts last season, Griffin posted a 3.83 ERA but was not on the team’s playoff roster in the ALDS against the Tigers.

  1. clydeserra - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    the A’s reported he was left off for medical issues. Griffin thought he could pitch

    • scatterbrian - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      Well they only needed four starters, and Straily pitched better down the stretch.

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