A.J. Griffin Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

WEDNESDAY: Griffin’s surgery took place today, according to the Athletics’ official Twitter feed.

TUESDAY: Griffin will, in fact, have Tommy John surgery, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets.

FRIDAY 7:12pm: “No decision on the next course of treatment will be finalized” until Dr. Mehlhoff sees Griffin on Tuesday, A’s assistant GM David Forst tells Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter link).

6:28pm: Athletics righty A.J. Griffin will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, a source tells Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com.  An elbow issue first cropped up for the 26-year-old pitcher in March, and word came from A’s manager Bob Melvin this week that Griffin would visit Houston-area specialist Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff on Tuesday for a second opinion.

Griffin provided 200 innings of 3.83 ball as a member of the A’s rotation last year.  The A’s had already lost Jarrod Parker to Tommy John in March.  The A’s seemed to have a surplus of starting pitching when they reached an agreement with Scott Kazmir in December, but attrition has taken its toll.  Nonetheless, Oakland’s 2.74 rotation ERA ranks first in the American League this year.  The group is comprised of Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Dan Straily, Tommy Milone, and the surprising Jesse Chavez.  The A’s may still be compelled to add to their starting pitching depth as the summer wears on.

In an ESPN article today, Jayson Stark addressed this year’s Tommy John epidemic, of which Griffin appears to be the 17th victim.


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22 Comments on "A.J. Griffin Undergoes Tommy John Surgery"


Ellis Mitchell
1 year 4 months ago

Give me a break!

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 4 months ago

Careful what you ask for. You might be next.

$3513744
1 year 3 months ago

or he might get a kit kat bar.

Snoochies8
1 year 4 months ago

Well that sucks. Not a huge loss, but sucks.

Jesse Rodriguez
1 year 4 months ago

Call me crazy but the A’s should give Zito a call

Snoochies8
1 year 4 months ago

Yeahhhhh that’s crazy. Someone who’ll be DFA’d soon is a better option than Zito.

disadvantage
1 year 4 months ago

Blanton already fills the role as former Athletics pitcher looking to find new life after starting a promising career with Oakland, only to hit rock bottom elsewhere.

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 4 months ago

He left the team the same week he signed.

1 year 3 months ago

Crazy

Frittoman626
1 year 4 months ago

2012 was the year of Torn ACL’s (Basketball, Baseball, Football), 2014 is now the year of Tommy John smh.

JordanMantor
1 year 4 months ago

Can we finally say that this has officially jumped from “freak anomaly” to “something that needs to be officially addressed” by baseball?

Seventeen TJ surgeries in a four-month span suggests that something’s clearly rotten in Denmark.

$3513744
1 year 3 months ago

what’s baseball supposed to do? i think bionic arms is the only logical answer.

JordanMantor
1 year 3 months ago

At this point, it might be a venture worth undertaking. LOL

cej
1 year 4 months ago

Whenever I hear “x has elbow tightness and will rest for the next two weeks” it basically means he will have TJ surgery.

Has there ever been an example of a pitcher who has had an elbow soreness/tightness problem keep him out two weeks and it _not_been Tommy John?

Jaysfan724
1 year 4 months ago

Not a big name but I would say the closest thing I could think of would be the Ramon Ortiz incident last year.

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 3 months ago

C.J. Edwards turned out okay.

Scott Berlin
1 year 3 months ago

Chris Sale?

liberalconservative
1 year 3 months ago

How are they still in first with loses their top 3 starters from last year? Beane GM of the year again?

UK Tiger
UK Tiger
1 year 3 months ago

Yet they’ll still win the West, so deep is their trough of arms.

Yettyskill
1 year 3 months ago

I love that we’re referring to these guys as victims now

Manfrenjensen
1 year 3 months ago

Where’s the MLBTR “Tommy John Tracker” when you need it??

Pei Kang
1 year 3 months ago

get well soon, AJ