When the Oakland A’s take on the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS this week, they will be short-handed in the rotation after leaving one of their best starting pitchers off the roster.
Griffin has been dealing with elbow tendinitis, which is why he’s not in rotation.
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) October 1, 2013
This news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Griffin was tremendous (3.19 ERA) in September as Oakland pushed toward their second consecutive AL West title. However, it was clear that something was amiss after manager Bob Melvin unveiled a rotation that didn’t include Griffin, and this is the clear explanation that many were searching for.
This is a tremendous blow to Oakland as they face the high-powered Tigers, as Griffin was arguably the team’s best pitcher this season. Jarrod Parker is considered (by many) to be the “ace” for Oakland and Bartolo Colon gets the Game 1 honors, but Griffin is a steadying force that Oakland could need down the line.
Melvin’s assertion that Griffin won’t be on the ALDS roster doesn’t exclude him from future consideration, but this could be the end of the 2013 line for the 25-year-old pitcher.