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A.J. Griffin | Starting Pitcher | #64

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Diego
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 13 (0) / OAK
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A.J. Griffin picked up a win over the Tigers after allowing one run in five innings Tuesday.
That's better than last time he faced Detroit; he took his first loss of the season when they pounded him for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings on July 20. Griffin is 6-3 despite a 5.07 ERA through 11 starts. The Rangers are 8-3 when he pitches. Aug 15 - 11:55 PM

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A.J. Griffin gave up four runs and three homers in five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Mets.

Griffin got moved up a day because Andrew Cashner was scratched, but he was still pitching on normal rest tonight, even if he might not have had his normal lead-up to the start. He dropped to 5-3 with a 5.40 ERA.
Aug 8 - 10:42 PM

A.J. Griffin will move up a day to start Tuesday in place of the injured Andrew Cashner.

Cashner had to be scratched due to a stiff neck. Griffin will be taking the ball on normal rest against the host Mets.
Aug 8 - 4:05 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed one run on two hits over six innings in Thursday's win over the Twins.

Griffin was just activated from the disabled list earlier on Thursday. He missed nine weeks of action due to a severe intercostal strain, but looked no worse for the wear in his return to the mound. The only run to score on his watch came when Byron Buxton hit an RBI double in the third inning. Griffin threw just 81 pitches in the win -- you can reasonably expect him to have a longer leash in his outing now that he is moving past the injury. Prior to going down injured, he had been pitching to a 5.77 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 35/12 K/BB ratio in eight starts covering 39 innings. A road showdown with the Mets appears next on the right-hander's schedule as he looks to get back into the flow of the season.
Aug 4 - 12:18 AM

Rangers activated RHP A.J. Griffin from the 60-day disabled list.

Griffin will return to the Rangers' starting rotation on Thursday against the Twins after missing nine weeks with a severe intercostal strain. He was 4-2 with a 5.77 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 35/12 K/BB ratio through his first 39 innings (eight starts) this season with Texas. There could be some streaming appeal here for deeper fantasy leaguers.
Aug 3 - 9:31 AM

A.J. Griffin (intercostal) could rejoin the Rangers' rotation as soon as Saturday against the Orioles.

The club has a rotation spot open with Tyson Ross (blister) going on the disabled list. They could choose to go with Austin Bibens-Dirkx or Nick Martinez for a spot start, but Griffin looks ready after tossing five scoreless innings Monday with Double-A Frisco in his latest rehab start. He's been out since late May with an intercostal strain.
Jul 24 - 9:44 PM

A.J. Griffin (intercostal) will move his rehab assignment up to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.

Griffin tossed three shutout innings for the Rangers' Arizona League club over the weekend in his first rehab start. He's slated to go four frames and/or 60 pitches on Wednesday. A return before the end of the month seems possible. Griffin has been out since late May with an intercostal strain.
Jul 17 - 5:00 PM

Rangers transferred RHP A.J. Griffin from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Tanner Scheppers. Griffin now isn't eligible to return until late July.
Jun 19 - 4:16 PM

Rangers placed RHP A.J. Griffin on the 10-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain.

Griffin suffered the injury during Friday's disaster of a start against the Blue Jays. There's no clear timetable for his return at the moment, look for him to miss at least two starts though.
May 27 - 2:02 PM

A.J. Griffin was lifted from Friday's start against the Blue Jays due to a left intercostal strain.

The good news, is that it isn't the dreaded oblique issue. It sounds as though this could still force Griffin to the disabled list though, or at the very least to miss one start. He has been clobbered in each of his last two outings and isn't a recommended fantasy option anyways.
May 26 - 8:19 PM

A.J. Griffin was forced to leave Friday's start in the second inning due to an apparent injury.

The tram trainer came out and looked at Griffin's side before he was lifted. Before leaving, he did some damage to the ratios of his fantasy owners, serving up a grand slam homer to Devon Travis. Look for an update on his status shortly.
May 26 - 7:55 PM

A.J. Griffin was tagged for nine runs, nine hits and a walk while striking out just three batters over 3 1/3 innings in a loss Saturday in Detroit.

The Rangers entered the game 6-0 over Griffin's first six outings of 2017. Griffin's ERA ballooned from 3.15 to 5.02 after the atrocious outing, as he threw just 61 of his 88 pitches for strikes. When he did put it over the plate, it was up in the zone and the Tigers teed off on him for four home runs. He'll look to bounce back against the struggling Blue Jays in Toronto next Friday.
May 20 - 11:05 PM

A.J. Griffin yielded four runs on seven hits over five innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's win over the A's.

Griffin struck out three and walked three on the afternoon. All four runs on his line came on home runs. Trevor Plouffe burned him for a solo shot in the second inning, while Adam Rosales (solo shot) and Matt Joyce (two-run shot) knocked him about in the fifth. Griffin had pitched well in his two previous starts and will try to get back on the right track when he brings his 3.15 ERA and 1.02 WHIP into a home start against the Tigers next time he takes to the mound.
May 14 - 6:01 PM

A.J. Griffin tossed his second career shutout Tuesday, limiting the Padres to just four singles and one walk in the Rangers' 11-0 blowout win.

Griffin struck out four batters on the day, needing an economical 104 pitches to complete the gem. It was the right-hander's first complete game and shutout since June of 2013, when he blanked the Reds as a member of the A's. Griffin needed a disabled list stint while battling gout in his ankle, but he was excellent in his last start before hitting the DL and has been great in both outings since, allowing just one earned run combined over the three showings. Home runs will always be an issue for him, but Griffin is a useful streaming option in favorable matchups like the one he had today. He'll face his former team on Sunday when he squares off against the A's at home.
May 9 - 6:51 PM

A.J. Griffin held the Astros to two runs -- one earned -- in five innings and struck out seven Thursday.

Griffin got the win to improve to 3-0 with a 3.54 ERA in four starts. He's strictly an AL-only guy because of his tendency to give homers.
May 4 - 6:19 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Brett Nicholas
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3Tyler Smith
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Joey Gallo
2Delino DeShields
3Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Martin Perez
3Andrew Cashner
4A.J. Griffin
5Tyson Ross
6Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Leclerc
2Alex Claudio
3Keone Kela
4Matt Bush
5Jason Grilli
6Tony Barnette
7Jake Diekman
8Ricardo Rodriguez
9Austin Bibens-Dirkx
10Jhan Marinez