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A.J. Griffin | Starting Pitcher | #64

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Diego
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 13 (0) / OAK
Contract: view contract details
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A.J. Griffin (shoulder) will start against the Red Sox on Saturday.
This will be Griffin's first start since May 7. He has been working his way back from right shoulder soreness in the interim. The 28-year-old held a 2.94 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 28/14 K/BB ratio over six starts (33 2/3 innings) prior to the injury. With Griffin going Saturday, the Rangers round out their weekend rotation with Nick Martinez on Friday and Martin Perez on Sunday. Jun 22 - 11:00 PM

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A.J. Griffin (shoulder) allowed two runs over three innings Tuesday in his second minor league rehab start.

Griffin gave up five hits and two walks while striking out three. He got stretched out to 63 pitches. It's unclear what the next step will be, but the Rangers could have him make another rehab start. Griffin has been sidelined for a little over a month with right shoulder stiffness.
Jun 14 - 1:43 PM

A.J. Griffin (shoulder) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday.

This comes after Griffin threw live batting practice over the weekend. The next step could be a minor league rehab assignment. Griffin has been out for about a month with stiffness in his right shoulder.
Jun 6 - 7:07 PM

A.J. Griffin (shoulder) has resumed throwing on flat ground.

Griffin has thrown from 70 feet a couple times and is hoping to get back on a mound soon. It doesn't appear that he's terribly far off from a rehab assignment if all goes well.
May 22 - 11:56 AM

An MRI taken Tuesday on A.J. Griffin's right shoulder showed no major structural damage.

Griffin can resume throwing as soon as he's asymptomatic, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list May 8 with stiffness in his right shoulder. He stood 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts over his first 33 2/3 innings (six starts) with Texas.
May 11 - 12:20 PM

Rangers placed RHP A.J. Griffin on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

Griffin had to leave Saturday's start with the ailment. Although he had expressed optimism that he'd be fine, the Rangers are understandably exercising caution here given his past shoulder issues. He'll be examined further on Monday before more is known about a potential timetable. Anthony Ranaudo and Cesar Ramos are candidates to replace Griffin in Texas' rotation.
May 8 - 10:47 AM

A.J. Griffin said he isn't concerned about his shoulder stiffness.

No tests are scheduled and the Rangers haven't ruled him out for Friday's start against Toronto. Griffin lasted just 2 2/3 innings Saturday against Detroit. Anthony Renaudo could be called upon if the Rangers skip his next turn.
May 7 - 7:29 PM

A.J. Griffin was removed from Saturday's start against the Tigers with right shoulder stiffness.

The right-hander recorded just eight outs before departing. Given his history of arm troubles, it wouldn't be surprising if this ailment wound up leading to a stint on the disabled list. Anthony Ranaudo replaced him on Saturday and could be a candidate to fill his rotation spot if Griffin is forced to miss any starts.
May 7 - 2:29 PM

A.J. Griffin was forced to leave Saturday's start against the Tigers in the third inning with an apparent injury.

No word yet on what exactly occurred, but catcher Bryan Holaday and the team trainer quickly went out to the mound and made the call to pull Griffin. Before departing, he allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. The Rangers should provide an update on his status shortly.
May 7 - 2:14 PM

A.J. Griffin pitched well again Monday, striking out nine across six frames of one-run ball in a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

The matchup looked daunting on paper with a flyball pitcher at Rogers Centre, but Griffin managed to keep the big Blue Jays bats at bay. He allowed three hits and two walks and his nine strikeouts tied a career high. Griffin didn't pitch well this spring and entered the season having not made a start in the majors since 2013 due to arm injuries, so a 2.32 ERA over his first five starts is surprising, to say the least. He'll get the Tigers in Detroit this weekend.
May 2 - 10:26 PM

A.J. Griffin threw eight innings of one-run ball as the Rangers trounced the Yankees 10-1 on Tuesday.

Griffin yielded just four singles and a walk in the contest, by far his best start as a member of the Rangers. He moved to 3-0 with the win, lowering his ERA to 2.52 with a 1.04 WHIP. Another tough task awaits when Griffin and the Rangers visit the Blue Jays on Monday.
Apr 26 - 10:50 PM

A.J. Griffin tossed a quality start in Thursday's win over the Astros, surrendering two runs on four hits over six innings.

A nice all-around outing for Griffin, who walked just two while striking out six. The two runs on his line came home in loud fashion, with George Springer springing an RBI double in the first inning and Colby Rasmus besting that with a solo home run in the fourth. Otherwise, it was a smooth start for Griffin. The 28-year-old right-hander has now made three starts -- this after a two-year layoff from the bigs as he worked through arm and shoulder injuries -- and holds a 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 12/8 K/BB ratio across 17 innings. He will try to duplicate Thursday's result in a home start against the Yankees next time out.
Apr 21 - 10:52 PM

A.J. Griffin yielded two runs (one earned) on three hits over five innings in a Wednesday no-decision against the Mariners.

Griffin did walk four, but he mostly managed to limit the damage despite his occasional control issues. He also struck out five. Seth Smith notched an RBI single in the third inning and Robinson Cano cracked a solo home run in the fifth to account for the scoring on his line. Prior to his season-opening start against the Angels on April 8, the 28-year-old right-hander had not pitched in the majors since 2013. Elbow and shoulder injuries have limited him severely over the past two seasons. He will play host to the Astros in his next scheduled start.
Apr 13 - 7:09 PM

A.J. Griffin won in his return to the majors, allowing three runs in six innings in the Rangers' 7-3 defeat of the Angels.

Griffin struck out just one and walked two. He's still a big flyball pitcher and his stuff isn't quite what it was before Tommy John surgery, so a sub-4.00 ERA seems unlikely. Still, it's nice seeing him back after two lost years, and hopefully he'll do well enough to stick around.
Apr 9 - 2:08 AM

Rangers purchased the contract of RHP A.J. Griffin from Triple-A Round Rock.

Griffin will start on Friday versus the Angels. He hasn't made a start in the majors since 2013 due to injury and didn't pitch well this spring, so it could be ugly.
Apr 8 - 5:40 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Bryan Holaday
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Nomar Mazara
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Ian Desmond
2Drew Stubbs
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
7Nick Martinez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Shawn Tolleson
3Keone Kela
4Jake Diekman
5Matt Bush
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers
9Cesar Ramos