ARLINGTON, Texas - The A's have lost a second member of their 2014 starting rotation to with the news that right-hander A.J. Griffin will undergo elbow surgery Wednesday in Houston.

Griffin was in Houston on Tuesday to see Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff for a second opinion on his elbow. Mehlhoff will perform the elbow surgery, which has a typical recovery time of about 12 months, depending on what is involved.

A's manager Bob Melvin said he isn't sure what type of surgery will be needed - Tommy John-style ligament replacement surgery is considered the likeliest option - but said he'd talked to Griffin, who was taking the news in a positive way.

"He's a happy-go-lucky guy," the manager said. "This means he can see the light at the end of the tunnel to be able to pitch next season."

Griffin and Jarrod Parker were supposed to be members of the rotation this year, but both were sidelined in spring training. Parker had Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter. Griffin was told that three weeks of rest might get his right elbow back in form, but it didn't happen.

Thanks to their pitching depth, the A's are better-equipped than most teams to handle losing 40 percent of their rotation for a year. Right-hander Jesse Chavez (1-0, 2.32) and lefty Tommy Milone (0-2, 4.56) have moved into a rotation that owns an American League-best 2.89 ERA. When the A's needed a sixth starter, righty Josh Lindblom came up from Triple-A to start the second game of a day-night doubleheader April 2.

"To lose one pitcher for a whole year is a blow.


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To lose two is tough," Melvin said. "You move on, but you have sympathy for the two guys having to go through that, because they've meant so much to this team over the last couple of years."

Parker was 25-16 in 2012-13, and Griffin, who came up midway through the 2012 season and went 7-1, came back last year to have the second-best win total on the team with a 14-10 record.

Griffin was left off the roster for the first round of the playoffs last year because of elbow pain, but he came to spring training seemingly healthy. But at the end of the second week of the Cactus League season, the A's shut him down. He had an MRI on March 14 and was told to rest for three weeks to see if that would help what was described as right flexor tendinitis.

Griffin tried throwing last week, but the pain was still there, leading the A's to have him to get a second opinion from Mehlhoff.

The club's rotation without Parker and Griffin is topped by Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, who pitched Tuesday night. They are followed by Chavez, Dan Straily and Milone. Lindblom probably will return on the next homestand, as they have another doubleheader May 7 against Seattle to make up a postponement during the first week of the season. If Lindblom doesn't pitch, Arnold Leon is likely to get the call from Triple-A Sacramento.

Another option is left-hander Drew Pomeranz, but Melvin said he likes him as the long man in the A's bullpen. In any event, Pomeranz hasn't been stretched out enough. He's 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA but hasn't pitched more than 22 3 innings in a game.

If Griffin does have Tommy John surgery, he will join a list of 16 other major leaguers who have had ligament replacement surgery this year. It's an alarming trend given that there were only 24 big leaguers who had the process in the entirety of the 2013 season.