Oakland starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin are considered doubtful for Opening Day, as I mentioned on @MLBNetwork this morning.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 12, 2015
Both pitchers are still recovering from Tommy John surgery. Parker, who is coming off his second time going through the procedure, had the surgery during spring training. Griffin didn’t pitch last season but was not diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament until late April, having his surgery on April 30.
This isn’t exactly unexpected news as Tommy John surgery takes a year to 18 months to recover from and those that recover within the first 12 months are fairly rare. Often times returning too early (remember the Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg?) leads to re-injury and/or setbacks.
The A’s were already planning on not having these two starters during the first couple of months of the season, which is why Beane went out and got Jesse Hahn, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman and a couple others to fill in until Griffin and Parker are able to return to the mound.
To learn more about how the A’s are going to be competitive without Parker and Griffin for part of the season head over to Baseball Hot Corner via the link below: