A's Starter A.J. Griffin To Undergo Tommy John?


Reports came out Friday, buoyed by a tweet by CSN Bay Area A’s insider Joe Stiglich, that A’s starting pitcher A.J. Griffin was slated to undergo Tommy John surgery next Tuesday.

Yesterday San Francisco Chronicle’s A’s beat writer Susan Slusser wrote a blog detailing A.J. Griffin’s recent troubles with his throwing rehab and that he was going to visit surgeon Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff in Houston next week to get a second opinion on his elbow.

When I asked Slusser if the reports were true, she told me she had not heard anything regarding a final decision on Griffin.

A few minutes later she tweeted out a direct quote to her from A’s assistant GM David Forst: “As we have stated, AJ is seeing Dr. Mehlhoff…Tuesday. No decision on the next course of treatment will be finalized until (then).”

Slusser also mentioned to me that Tommy John surgery is the most likely scenario, but again no decision has been made and nothing is final.

If Griffin does undergo Tommy John surgery he would be the 17th pitcher this year (according to Jon Heyman) and would be a huge blow to the A’s rotational depth not just this season, but a big chunk of next season as well. Jarrod Parker already had his Tommy John surgery earlier this month.

Griffin threw 200 innings last season with a 3.83 ERA.

If surgery is indeed the path chosen Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone will continue to stay in the rotation. The A’s would also begin to look at possibly acquiring a starting pitcher as well.

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