Griffin leaves game with shoulder tightness

August 4, 2012, 9:00 pm
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OAKLAND -- A's starting pitcher A.J. Griffin left the game after just 32 pitches with what the team is calling tightness in his right shoulder.

He was pulled in the second inning with two outs. Griffin had and a 1-1 count on Moises Sierra when athletic trainer Nick Paparesta and Bob Melvin visited him on the mound and removed him from the game.

Griffin seemed to be fine prior to the game. He was playing music in the clubhouse and was his typically upbeat self.

According to the A's game notes, Griffin is the first pitcher since at least 1918 to begin his career by tossing six or more innings while allowing three runs or less in each of his first seven starts. That streak is over. If Griffin has to go on the DL, expect Brandon McCarthy to take his spot in the rotation. McCarthy is pitching a second rehab game in Triple-A for the Sacramento River Cats Saturday night. He would be on turn to fill in for Griffin. Coincidentally, Griffin came up when McCarthy went on the DL.

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