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A.J. Griffin needs Tommy John surgery after all

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

A's starter A.J. Griffin will be the second prospective member of their rotation to have Tommy John surgery this season.
A's starter A.J. Griffin will be the second prospective member of their rotation to have Tommy John surgery this season. (USATSI)

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Last week, a report surfaced that A's starting pitcher A.J. Griffin would need Tommy John surgery to repair his injured pitching elbow. The A's almost immediately replied that no decision had been made and it wasn't a done deal just yet.

Well, now it is. Per CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, Griffin will go under the knife very soon and join a host of other pitchers who have had the procedure this still-young season.

Among those youngsters on the growing list is Griffin's teammate, Jarrod Parker, who has already had his second career Tommy John surgery.

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. Recovery time from Tommy John surgery is generally 10-14 months at this point, so Griffin has a chance to come back at least for the second half of next season, if not a bit earlier.

Without Griffin and Parker, the first-place A's entered Tuesday night with a 2.89 rotation ERA, which is the best in the AL.

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