Griffin exits start early
A’s starter A.J. Griffin exited Saturday’s game against Toronto with just two outs in the second inning because of tightness in his right shoulder.
Lefty Jordan Norberto came on in relief, which the A’s are short on following Friday night’s 15-inning marathon. The club’s lone long man, southpaw Travis Blackley, pitched three innings in the contest, seemingly making him unavailable.
Righty Grant Balfour also compiled two innings in the affair, and Ryan Cook, Pat Neshek and Sean Doolittle each tallied one, with Jerry Blevins giving the A’s 2/3 of an inning. Norberto was the only reliever who didn’t get into the game.
Norberto’s longest outing of the year came July 22, when he pitched 2 1/3 innings. He’s pitched at least 2 innings six times.
For Griffin, who was accompanied by manager Bob Melvin and head trainer Nick Paparesta upon his departure, it was his eighth start with the A’s, who watched the rookie right-hander pitch at least six innings in each of his previous outings.