• My Scores
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NFL Draft

A's A.J. Griffin needs second opinion on injured elbow

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

A.J. Griffin's elbow injury hasn't shown any improvement since he stopped throwing March 13.
A.J. Griffin's elbow injury hasn't shown any improvement since he stopped throwing March 13. (USATSI)

More MLB: Power Rankings | Expert Picks | Latest news & notes | Fantasy news

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).

Uh oh.

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.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre

mlb Video

April 28, 2015
Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (2:29)
April 28, 2015
Softball Pitcher Throws Perfect Game, Loses
(0:49)
April 28, 2015
MLB top 10: NL East
(3:30)
April 28, 2015
Boomer & Carton: Mets beat Marlins in 2 hours
(1:25)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

Men's New Era Red Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015 NFL Draft On-Stage 59FIFTY Fitted Hat

2015 NFL Draft Day Hats
Get your team today
Shop Now