Griffin trying not to think about not pitching these days

Even among all the rain and the chance that there would be no game at the Coliseum Monday, the A’s were mostly upbeat.

A.J. Griffin is trying to join in. But with the certain knowledge that he’s unlikely to pitch in the big leagues before May, it’s not easy.

Griffin missed the last two weeks of spring training with elbow and forearm troubles, and while the original schedule called for him to be start throwing as early as this weekend, he doesn’t know when he’s going to throw.

   “It’s a one day at a time thing,’’ he said. “I just do what they tell me and we’ll see how it goes.’’

What’s more, he knows he’s going to be back as square one when he does get the clearance to throw. He’ll have to build up arm strength, gradually working himself to the point where he can throw on flat ground, then off a mound, then in a bullpen session, then in some minor league games.

“I try not to think about it,’’ Griffin said. “When you do think about it, it’s a little depressing. For now, I’m just focused on working out as hard as I can to be in the best shape possible when I do come back.’’

Griffin is doing lots of running and core work until he gets the clearance to throw. And just when that will be, he doesn’t know.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.