As the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reported,
“The Athletics are having a very poor week for pitchers’ health.”
She is certainly not kidding. First, starter A.J. Griffin was diagnosed with flexor tendinitis in his throwing elbow and is reported to be out for at least the next three weeks. Around the same time Oakland’s projected Opening Day Starter, Jarrod Parker, was removed from his spring start early due to elbow/forearm tighness which usually leads to surgery. He was set to see Tommy John surgery specialist, Dr. James Andrews this morning.
It has now been officially announced that Parker will undergo his second Tommy John procedure next Tuesday and will be out for the entire 2014 season, possibly part of the 2015 season. This will be Parker’s second Tommy John surgery. His first, also performed by Andrews, was in 2009.
When it doesn’t seem like it could get any worse for the Athletics, Scott Kazmir was scratched from his start today with triceps stiffness. Thankfully his injury is reported to be minor and there’s a good chance he will start tomorrow. As of right now the Athletics’ starting rotation will look like this: Sonny Gray, Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Dan Straily and Tommy Milone. According to Slusser on Twitter,
The #Athletics are not currently looking outside the organization for help; this is why they assembled some pitching depth.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 17, 2014
If anymore of Oakland’s pitchers go down with injuries they might just have to look at signing someone or making a trade but as of now they are staying in-house. Starting on the mound today for the Athletics is recently acquired reliever Joe Savery.