Another one bites the dust.
Athletics starter A.J. Griffin will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com. Griffin has been dealing with an elbow issue since the middle of March and showed no improvement before seeking a second opinion.
UPDATE: A's assistant general manager David Forst says that a final decision hasn't been made, though.
Forst: "As we have stated, AJ is seeing Dr. Melhoff ...Tuesday. No decision on the next course of treatment will be finalized until (then)."— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 26, 2014
Griffin may be joining teammate Jarrod Parker and a laundry list of others who have suffered a torn UCL this season and needed Tommy John surgery to repair the ligament. The surgery generally requires a 10-14 month recovery period, so Griffin's 2014 season would be over before it even got started, if he is to have the procedure done.
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.
The A's have thus fur survived quite well without Parker and Griffin (and departed via free agency Bartolo Colon), as they entered Friday night ranking first in the American League in rotation ERA.