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Griffin to DL; Two Relievers to Return

August 5, 2012

A.J. Griffin left his start yesterday early and today has been placed on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness in his pitching (right) shoulder. In his eight starts in Oakland Griffin has thrown 51 1/3 innings of 2.42 ERA and 3.64 FIP baseball with 7.1 K/9, 2.0 BB/0 and 1.0 HR/9. While his BABIP number .226 should inflate, and his strand rate should collapse from its 86.1%, if things swell to the point of his FIP he still is in pretty good shape. Given Griffin’s short start, the taxed bullpen got two additions today as the A’s recalled both Pedro Figueroa and the recently departed Evan Scribner (able to be called up on account of Griffin’s placement on the DL). Figueroa has been great as far as ERA is concerned (1.50), but less than stellar when you look underneath the hood (5.56 FIP) as in his 12 innings with Oakland he has swung a mere 3.8 K/9 to 6.8 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9 having even crazier beneficial numbers as far as ERA is concerned care of a .194 BABIP and 95.9% strand rate. In Sacramento meanwhile the lanky lefty has thrown 33 2/3 innings of 9.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 0.3 HR/9 baseball to a 2.67 ERA and 2.99 FIP. He hasn’t shown any of that pitching savvy in Oakland, but perhaps it is a product of his just continually being shuttled back and forth.

So two relievers are up but only one player placed on the disabled list. The odd man out is a recent arrival: Michael Taylor. Taylor was demoted after making two appearances and going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against Toronto. Can’t say I am particularly upset to see him go as I am not a big believer in him, and this latest stint leaves him at .143/.143/.190 with a whopping 47.6% K%. I wonder if the A’s go with this bigger bullpen for a bit or not? We shall see.

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