A's starters Parker and Griffin have arm injuries

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm •  Published: March 14, 2014
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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin will probably start the season on the disabled list instead of in the Oakland Athletics' rotation.

A's manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Parker has right forearm tightness and soreness and would be examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

Melvin said Griffin has a sore elbow and would be examined by team physician Dr. Douglas Freedberg and have an MRI Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"They're both in jeopardy of not starting the season with us," Melvin said. "Obviously, potentially it is a couple of blows for us."

Melvin said even if both are completely cleared after the examinations they would not immediately return to game action and spring training time is running short.

"We're two weeks away from the start of the season," Melvin said.

Parker, who was penciled in for the March 31 opener against Cleveland, had reconstructive elbow surgery in 2009 performed by Dr. James Andrews and missed the 2010 season.

Parker has struggled in spring training with a 10.61 ERA in three starts, giving up four runs on four hits, including two home runs, in a start Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had forearm problems at the end of last season.

"His bullpens were really good leading up to (games)," Melvin said. "We felt confident he was over the issues he had at the end of last year. But then when he started pitching in games, it would take him a while to get loose. His first outing wasn't great. The other day the first inning was rough and then he got going.

"Finally, when he was playing catch (Thursday) we were watching him and it didn't look like he was feeling great about it. I called him in and we talked and he admitted to me his forearm is a little bit tight, so we're going to be proactive and take care of that soon as we can," Melvin added.