The Rise of the Los Angeles Angels

It was supposed to be Oakland’s division to lose, remember? It was always supposed to be Oakland. Then one day, the Los Angeles Angels decided they finally wanted to play to their level of potential, and then some, clinching the AL West on Wednesday. I had Oakland winning the West this season, as did many people around the country, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect...
Via The Sports Post
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Low-budget A’s make big-market play

On some Major League teams this year Tommy Milone, with his six wins and 3.55 ERA, would be approaching the level of Ace.  On this year’s Oakland Athletics squad, even with season-ending injuries to AJ Griffin and Jarrod Parker, he has been reduced,  to the role of Triple-A insurance policy. The A’s have been the league’s most dominant team this year, at least according to...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy John discusses his famous namesake surgery

It’s no secret that just about every team in Major League Baseball has a pitcher that is going under the knife for the infamous Tommy John surgery. So what did the guy who’s name stems from the surgery have to say about it? According to Yahoo Sports, Tommy John says… I think what these kids do in youth baseball can lead to Tommy John surgery…If you have your kid’s best...
Via Sportsnaut
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The financial cost of Tommy John surgery to young pitchers

Jose Fernandez. Patrick Corbin. Jarrod Parker. A.J. Griffin. Luke Hochevar. Matt Moore. Brandon Beachy. Cory Luebke. Bruce Rondon. Bobby Parnell. Kris Medlen. Ivan Nova. And now Martin Perez. Top and mid-tier pitchers in the early stages of their professional careers who have had Tommy John surgery this season, or in the case of Perez, are […]
Via Fangraphs
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Captains, Plutko shine in 5-1 win, end 4-game skid

EASTLAKE, OH - The Lake County Captains (10-24) broke their four-game losing streak with a dominant pitching performance and a couple of long balls on Thursday evening at Classic Park. The Captains took game one of the series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (15-18) 5-1, snapping the Hot Rods’ six-game winning streak. The starting pitching matchup featured a pair of pitching prospects...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s look to trade C John Jaso

As with many teams this season, the Oakland A’s have been hit with some major injuries, particularly to their pitching staff. Season-ending injuries to Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin have left a big hole in the Oakland starting rotation, and the A’s will have to find a way to patch it up if they want to remain contenders. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitching Injuries Hurt A’s Championship Chances

The Oakland A’s have long prided themselves on having the best pitching staff in the league.  They have a mix of quality and depth that few, if any, other teams in all of baseball can match.  Unfortunately, they have been forced to tap into their reservoir less than a month into the 2014 campaign. In spring training Jarrod Parker was projected to be the ace of the rotation after...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: A’s Starter A.J. Griffin Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Oakland A’s pitcher A.J. Griffin went under the knife to repair an elbow ligament – Mandatory Credit: Ben Margot/Associated Press Major League Baseball is in the middle of a Tommy John crisis. According to Oakland Athletic’s beat writer Susan Slusser and ESPN.com, A’s starter A.J. Griffin reportedly underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery Wednesday, adding him to the...
Via The Sports Journal
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Griffin latest MLB pitcher set for Tommy John surgery

Add another pitcher to list of Tommy John surgery patients. This seems to be happening at least twice a week. The latest to join the club is Oakland Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin, set to go under the knife on Wednesday. The immediate future didn’t look good for Griffin in mid-March when he developed flexor tendinitis in his right elbow. That seemed to be the explanation for...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Griffin latest MLB pitcher set for Tommy John surgery

Add another pitcher to list of Tommy John surgery patients. This seems to be happening at least twice a week. The latest to join the club is Oakland Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin, set to go under the knife on Wednesday. The immediate future didn’t look good for Griffin in mid-March when he developed flexor tendinitis in his right elbow. That seemed to be the explanation for...
Via The Outside Corner
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics' AJ Griffin to have Tommy John surgery

It was made official today that Oakland Athletics’ pitcher A.J. Griffin will in fact undergo season ending Tommy John surgery confirmed by John Heyman of CBS. Griffin is yet another young pitcher to have the surgery this year in what seems to be an epidemic of torn UCL’s.AJ Griffin will have tommy john surgery. It's like an epidemic among good young starters. #athletics—...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics lose another starter

Oakland Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin had been in Tommy John limbo since before season’s start, but the word came down that Griffin will become the next MLB pitcher to get elbow surgery, adding another name to the Tommy John list that seems to add one or two new members every week. First, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported Tuesday that Griffin will have surgery. AJ Griffin will...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Althletics' A.J. Griffin (elbow) not progressing; surgery possible

The uncertainty regarding Oakland Athletics right-handed starter A.J. Griffin continues. In the last report on him (April 22), it appeared that there was "no long term damage [to his elbow] that would require surgery," and it was simply a matter of time. The plan for him to rest a few weeks of rest, then begin strengthening exercises to rehab flexor tendinitis in his right...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

A's Griffin still feels discomfort in right forearm, elbow

After more than a month off, A.J. Griffin's right forearm and elbow discomfort continues, and Griffin will get a second opinion from Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff in Houston on Tuesday. Griffin resumed throwing in the past day or two, manager Bob Melvin said, and things still weren't feeling right. Griffin has been out with what has been described as flexor tendinitis, which is often...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Several A’s who could go to Triple-A

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports The Oakland A’s had a rough spring training session down in the desert and had several injuries to deal with once they got to Opening Day.  They lost starting pitchers A.J. Griffin for for the foreseeable future and Jarrod Parker for the year while also starting the season with setup-man Ryan Cook and outfielder Craig Gentry on the disabled list...
Via TopSportsReport
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: Paging Barry Zito

Suddenly, the Oakland Athletics starting rotation is looking incredibly dicey. A.J. Griffin has been shutdown for three weeks as he deals with an “ailing right elbow.” Jarrod Parker’s entire 2014 season has been wiped out, as the right-hander will require Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Even Scott Kazmir is struggling with triceps tightness, although it’s...
Via BaySportsNet
March 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

Parker To Miss 2014 Season

The Oakland A's got relatively good news from the doctor when A.J. Griffin had his aching elbow examined over the weekend. The news was not nearly as good for Jarrod Parker's elbow, however.
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Jarrod Parker needs Tommy John Surgery

The Oakland Athletic’s rotation has taken a hit. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Jarrod Parker will have Tommy John surgery, and miss the entire 2014 season. The A’s later confirmed the news on Twitter. Jarrod Parker needs Tommy John surgery again. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 17, 2014 Jarrod Parker will undergo a second “Tommy John”...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics' Jarrod Parker sees Dr. Andrews Monday, A.J. Griffin out three weeks

On Saturday, our own Kerry Kauffman reported that Oakland Athletics starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin developed arm troubles that could put them out of action for a significant time. The Athletics have some word on Griffin, and they will await the results of Parker's visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Here are the latest updates on both pitchers, courtesy...
Via Sports Injury Alert
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Griffin, Parker injuries will test A’s pitching depth

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images One of the traits the Oakland A’s pride themselves on is the depth of their starting rotation.  The A’s now have five quality pitchers to make the Opening Day roster and then there are usually a few extras who bide their time in Triple-A who can make the jump down the road if need be. Over the last couple of years it has been guys like Dan Straily, A.J...
Via TopSportsReport
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

No structural damage in A.J. Griffin's elbow

Friday, it was revealed that A's starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin each had an arm issue that needed medical attention. Parker's meeting with Dr. James Andrews for his forearm stiffness is Monday, but Griffin has already met with his doctor and gotten some good news. WATCH NOW: Big Ten Tournament Semifinals streaming LIVE online for FREE at CBSSports.com. EyeOn Baseball...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s lose Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin to injuries

The Oakland A’s entered Spring Training counting on their depth to give them a leg up in the AL West. Now the aching right arms of starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin will put that theory to the test. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reported on Friday that injuries will force likely Opening Day starter Parker and No. 4 starter Griffin to miss the beginning...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Pitching Depth Provides Options To Replace Injured Parker & Griffin

There’s no getting around it, elbow and forearm injuries are no good thing for a starting pitcher. Add into the fact that the injuries are to the likely opening day starter, Jarrod Parker, and rotation mate A.J. Griffin, and you have some cause for panic around the A’s rotation these days. With regards to Parker, widely considered to be the A’s ace headed into the season, the...
Via BaySportsNet
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

A's starters A.J. Grifin and Jarrod Parker deal with arm issues

The Oakland A's  won 96 games last season and made it to the ALDS before losing in five games.  They were very good across the board and had a pitching staff that was 7th in ERA at 3.56.  After a relatively quiet spring with no major developments, the A's were hit hard on Friday.  Projected Opening Day starter Jarrod Parker and number four starter A.J. Griffin will both...
Via MLB Injury News
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Injury News Rocks A's Camp

Spring training has been relatively drama-free for the Oakland A's thus far, but the storyline took a dramatic turn on Friday, as the team announced that both Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin are headed to the doctor with arm soreness. With the start of the season two weeks away, the A's could be without two of their top five starters on Opening Day.
Via athletics.scout.com
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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