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Oakland’s A.J. Griffin will miss season after elbow surgery


The Associated Press

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Oakland right-hander A.J. Griffin is scheduled to have elbow surgery Wednesday, and will miss the entire season with fellow third-year starter Jarrod Parker.

“We were hoping that wasn’t going to be the case,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said before Tuesday’s game in Texas.

“Losing two guys like that for the entire season is a difficult blow. One’s a blow, two is tough. You move on, but you certainly have a lot of sympathy for the two guys that are having to go through that, because they’ve meant so much to this team over the last couple of years.”

Parker, who had been expected to be Oakland’s opening-day starter, had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow during spring training.

Griffin will have the surgery after getting a second opinion Tuesday from Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff in Houston.

Harper has thumb surgery, return not set

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper had surgery on his injured left thumb.

Manager Matt Williams would not commit to a time frame, saying “that time frame is out there” after reports Monday that he would be out until at least July.

“The doctor reported that everything went fine, and we got a little message from Bryce about getting back and taking BP post-surgery,” Williams joked.

“It went fine, we’ll have to see how long it takes ... we expect him to heal fast. Given his history, he has healed pretty fast. We are optimistic about it, but we’re not really sure how long it is going to take.”

Williams talked about what Harper’s absence will mean for his team.

“It hurts a lot. He’s a fantastic player,” Williams said. “We’ll certainly miss him, but we’re going to have to step up.”

He was injured on Friday night against San Diego on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple. He remained in the game until after the next inning.

Notes

• Texas third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff will get a second opinion before having a herniated disk in his lower back surgically repaired.

• Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman threw 25 pitches during batting practice, passing the final test before he can begin a rehabilitation stint in the minors.

Chapman likely will pitch at Class A Dayton on Thursday in his first time in a game since suffering a head injury. He’s hoping to be activated after four or five appearances in the minors.

• The Cleveland Indians have moved starter Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen and replaced him with Zach McAllister for Wednesday’s series finale against the Los Angeles Angels.

Archie Bradley, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top pitching prospect, has a strained elbow and will rest his arm for two weeks before beginning a throwing program.

The team placed Bradley, who has been pitching for Class AAA Reno, on the seven-day disabled list with a mild flexor strain in his right elbow.

• San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain was scratched from his scheduled start against San Diego after cutting the tip of his right index finger at the ballpark.

Manager Bruce Bochy said before the game that Cain was in the clubhouse kitchen and had a knife in his hand when the utensil dropped, Cain tried to catch it and cut his finger.

• Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said left-hander Mike Minor will start Friday night at home against San Francisco. The 26-year-old Minor has been slowed by shoulder soreness this season. He’s pitched five times in the minor leagues during rehabilitation games at three different levels.

“We just wanted to make sure Mikey was healthy,” Gonzalez said.



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