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A’s right-hander A.J. Griffin is seeking a second opinion on his ailing right elbow, which is not showing improvement after several weeks of rest.
Manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday that Griffin will visit Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff, who is based in Houston, because Griffin is still feeling discomfort after trying to throw. It’s an unfortunate development for the pitcher and the team, because the hope was that complete rest would help heal a flexor muscle strain in his arm. Griffin hadn’t thrown at all since starting a March 13 exhibition in Phoenix.
The reality that Griffin’s elbow isn’t showing any improvement raises the question of whether he may eventually require surgery of some kind. The A’s already are without starter Jarrod Parker all season after he underwent his second reconstructive elbow procedure in March.
The A’s begin a four-game series in Houston that runs through Sunday, and Griffin is scheduled to see Mehlhoff on Tuesday.