Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin hasn't been able to take the mound yet this season due to flexor muscle strain in the elbow area of his pitching arm. It hasn't shown much progress in getting better. In fact, Griffin hasn't thrown since March 13. And now he's headed to Houston to get a second opinion on his elbow by Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff, A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday (csnbayarea.com).
It's not even May yet and we've already seen what feels like a season worth of Tommy John surgeries. By no means can we yet say that Griffin will join the group. He may have something else wrong with him. He might be able to avoid surgery. It's just troubling to see an elbow injury linger for that length of time without a pitcher even picking up a baseball.
Griffin, 26, was 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA (97 ERA+), 1.13 WHIP and 171 strikeouts in 200 innings last season for the AL West champs.