A’s shoot down report a decision has been made on Griffin

The internet lit up for a while Friday with a report saying the A’s had decided that starting pitcher A.J. Griffin was going to undergo Tommy John-style ligament replacement surgery in his right arm.

The A’s were quick to shoot it down.

The club announced just Thursday that Griffin was going to visit Houston-based Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff Tuesday to have a second opinion on his right flexor tendon which has been slow to heal even after almost a month of rest.

    When Griffin tried to throw earlier in the week, the pain was still there.

That frequently means surgery is the next option, but the A’s haven’t gotten to that level yet.

General manager Billy Beane said via text that he was “not aware’’ of a decision and that when a decision was made, the club would announce it.

Before that, Griffin has to be checked out.

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.