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Griffin could begin throwing Saturday

Griffin could begin throwing Saturday

Griffin could begin throwing Saturday

OAKLAND -- Rehabbing hurler A.J. Griffin, who still hopes to factor in the A's postseason plans once healthy, has yet to begin throwing, though he could as soon as Saturday.

"I think we're going to make sure that he doesn't feel anything in his treatment and so forth, and when he gets past that, he'll start playing catch," manager Bob Melvin said on Friday. "That could be tomorrow."

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Griffin, sidelined by tendinitis in his right elbow, was expected to start a potential Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Tigers, as he did last year. But that nod went to Dan Straily when the A's decided they needed to rest Griffin.

Griffin said this week he hopes to be ready to pitch in the AL Championship Series, should Oakland advance.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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