A.J. Griffin leaves start early with shoulder tightness

For the first time in his major-league career, Griffin didn't throw at least six innings. (Getty Images)

Following a 15-inning game Friday night, the A's and Blue Jays had to turn around and play a day game Saturday. So a long outing from the starting pitcher would go a long way toward saving the bullpen. Instead, A's starting pitcher A.J. Griffin had to leave after just 1 2/3 innings with an injury. A few innings later, reporters were told that Griffin had to leave due to tightness in his right (throwing) shoulder (Susan Slusser).

Griffin had presented a nice starting option for the A's Saturday, considering the timing. He had thrown at least six innings in all seven previous big-league starts. The rookie pitcher is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA on the season.

If Griffin's shoulder injury turns out to be serious enough for a disabled list trip, the A's have a few replacements waiting in the wings. Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson are both nearing returns from their respective minor-league rehab stints. Triple-A Sacramento has McCarthy starting Saturday and Anderson going Sunday.

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