Oakland Athletics got the news they were praying for from A.J. Griffin’s surgery which is the pitcher will not require Tommy John surgery.
A’s Twitter account, @Athletics, tweeted: “A.J. Griffin underwent successful reconstructive surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow this morning.”
It was originally feared that Griffin, who had been suffering with elbow trouble for some months, would need the surgery which would see him out of action for 12-18 months. Although it is unclear how long the pitcher’s recovery will take, it will be music to Athletics fans ears.
Oakland have already lost fellow pitcher Jarrod Parker and reliever Fernando Rodrigez to long term injuries and will need to bring Triple-A pitchers into the bullpen.
A’s manager Bob Melvin may look at Josh Lindblom or Arnold Leon with a double header coming up against the Seattle Mariners on May 7th.
Leon might be the favoured selection after producing solid figures for Sacramento this season. The 25-year-old Mexican is 3.75 ERA from five starts while Lindblom has struggled with 7.23 ERA in Triple-A from four stars.
Doctor Thomas Mehlhoff, who was the surgeon for Parker’s Tommy John surgery in March, undertook the operation on Griffin on Wednesday.
Griffin was brought to the A’s in the 13th round of the 2010 draft and made his MLB debut in June 2012. The pitcher sits on a 3.60 ERA record from 47 starts since his debut but has not made a single appearance this season after struggling with his elbow.
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