Athletics starter A.J. Griffin was shut down for three weeks during spring training in mid-March with flexor tendinitis in his right elbow. Initially, the Athletics thought they’d dodged a bullet, but a source told CSN Bay Area’s Joe Stiglich that the right-hander will indeed undergo Tommy John surgery. Susan Slusser reports that assistant GM David Forst has refuted Stiglich’s report.
In the event that Griffin would need the surgery, he would join teammate Jarrod Parker as A’s pitchers to have undergone the procedure. Parker had his operation performed on March 25. It typically takes between a year and a year and a half for a pitcher to recover from Tommy John surgery, so Griffin wouldn’t be back until this time next season, if not later.
In 200 innings over 32 starts last season, Griffin posted a 3.83 ERA but was not on the team’s playoff roster in the ALDS against the Tigers.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.