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A.J. Griffin to undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday

Apr 29, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

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Athletics assistant general manager David Forst refuted a report last week that right-handed starter A.J. Griffin was headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery. But there’s no more refuting it now.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman confirmed Tuesday that Griffin will indeed undergo the reconstructive elbow procedure, and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says it’ll happen Wednesday in Houston.

Griffin was shut down in the middle of spring camp with right elbow discomfort and later got diagnosed with a flexor muscle strain. He will now be sidelined through at least the first month of the 2015 season.

Griffin, 26, owns a 3.60 ERA and 1.126 WHIP in 282 1/3 career major league innings.

The A’s also lost Jarrod Parker to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

  1. papacrick - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    The A’s are pushing their young pitchers too hard

    • clydeserra - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      282 innings in a year and three quarters?

      • theRed - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        These pitchers seem to “get it” when their pitching coach adds the slider to their arsenal. At the same time, that pitch comes at a price of a quicker expiration date on those elbows.

        Guys who come into the pro game with a developed slider either has experience to have a good throwing motion, or already had the surgery in August. No GM is going to pay a stud $20+ after those six years are up, so… hell with it, give them all sliders. We’ll draft new elbows when needed.

      • theRed - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        ** In College, not August. Not to smart today am I:(

  2. rbj1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Everyone’s getting Tommy John this year.

    • scatterbrian - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      No, it’s only A’s pitchers because they push their young pitchers too hard.

      • clydeserra - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:22 PM


      • aresachaela - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Like what papa said XD!!

    • carpi2 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:23 AM

      “Hide your kids, hide your wives, everybody is getting Tommy John up here!”

    • Tick - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Tommy John Surgery is the new black.

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Not another! This epidemic is getting quite serious.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Is that Donal Logue’s son?

    • scatterbrian - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      His name isn’t Steve Griffin…

  5. unclemosesgreen - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I saw the best arms of my generation torn from rotations –
    Unseen collateral damage
    from unscrupulous college coaches
    Dragging their damaged ligaments through
    Dr. James Andrews’ office at the crazy dumb dawn.

    Lingering long over second opinions
    longing for lingering second chances
    chasing that elusive second third Act of American life

    Live-armed radar gun prodigies
    always reaching back for something more
    always throwing as hard as they possibly can
    for as long as they possibly can
    and even longer

    And why not?
    With the rewards so steep
    and replacements so many
    the many UCL replacements
    feed the machine

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      [damn report comment button, go way over there ———————>]

      that was easily your worst haiku ever…

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        We’re looking down on Wayne’s basement
        Only that’s not Wayne’s basement
        Isn’t that weird?

        -Best haiku ever

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        I did give uncle an A for effort.

      • scatterbrian - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        You guys are confused
        Haikus are 5, 7, 5
        These aren’t even close

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Shut up, honkey.

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