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A.J. Griffin | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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A.J. Griffin (elbow) is expected to begin doing strengthening exercises this week in Oakland.
Griffin was placed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with a flexor muscle strain in his right elbow and is doubtful to return before the end of April. The 26-year-old owns a 3.60 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 235 strikeouts through his first 282 1/3 major league frames. He will be a valuable fantasy asset when he returns. Apr 7 - 8:56 AM

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Athletics placed RHP A.J. Griffin on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, with a right flexor muscle strain.

Griffin thankfully doesn't have any issues with his ligament, but he still needs some time on the shelf. The right-hander is expected to miss at least the first month of the season.
Mar 30 - 9:06 AM

A.J. Griffin has been shut down for the next three weeks due to flexor tendinitis in his elbow.

On the plus side, an MRI revealed no structural damage. Griffin was already expected to begin the season on the disabled list, but now that's an absolute certainty. The 26-year-old shouldn't be counted on to rejoin the rotation until late-April at the earliest. Take extreme caution if considering him in fantasy drafts.
Mar 15 - 12:28 PM

A.J. Griffin is expected to begin the season on the disabled list due to a right elbow issue.

It's not clear when the problem came up, but it could explain Griffin's struggles this spring (he's allowed 10 runs on 19 hits over 8 2/3 innings). The right-hander will pay a visit to Dr. Douglas Freedberg on Saturday to get a clearer picture of his status. With Jarrod Parker (forearm) also bound for the DL, the A's are likely to use Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone in their rotation.
Mar 14 - 3:27 PM

A.J. Griffin was touched up for five runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 frames versus the Rockies Thursday.

Both Wilin Rosario and Tim Wheeler took Griffin deep. The A's right-hander has been roughed up this spring, allowing 10 runs on 19 hits over 8 2/3 innings. It's not overly concerning at this point, but it would be nice to see Griffin take some strides his next time out.
Mar 13 - 11:41 PM

A.J. Griffin was knocked around in Saturday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering three runs on six hits in his three innings of work.

Griffin fanned two and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. He now sports a 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP through his first two Cactus League starts, but still has time to right the ship before the beginning of the regular season.
Mar 8 - 8:17 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed two runs in two innings of work in Monday's 7-3 victory over the Dodgers.

In his Cactus League debut, Griffin allowed the two runs on four hits. To his credit, he did strike out two without issuing a walk. After posting a 3.83 ERA in 200 innings during the regular season in 2013, Griffin is poised to open up the season in the middle of the Athletics' starting rotation.
Mar 3 - 6:37 PM

A.J. Griffin has been left off the A's ALDS roster.

Griffin was one of Oakland's most consistent and reliable starters this year, but he's been battling elbow tendinitis for the past couple weeks. The American League West champs will go with a rotation of Bartolo Colon, Sonny Gray, Jarrod Parker and Dan Straily against the Tigers.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 04:25:00 PM

A.J. Griffin yielded three runs on five hits over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

Griffin struck out seven, walked one and served up a solo homer to Howie Kendrick. He wasn't terrible in his last start of the season, but Jason Vargas was far more stingy with the road team's offense. Griffin finishes the year 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 171/54 K/BB ratio in 200 innings.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:43:00 AM

A.J. Griffin gave up just one run on two hits and a walk over seven innings in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Twins.

The lone run scored on a solo homer by Oswaldo Arcia in his final inning of work. Griffin has allowed a major-league leading 34 home runs this season, but he owns a fine 3.81 ERA across 30 starts and has walked just one batter in each of his last four outings. He'll square off against the Angels next week at home.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 04:14:00 PM

A.J. Griffin gave up one run over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Rays.

He allowed five hits, one walk, and had seven strikeouts. Griffin continues to struggle with giving up home runs, and surrendered a solo shot to James Loney in the second inning. He'll take a 3.84 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into his next start Friday against the Astros.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 07:21:00 PM

A.J. Griffin yielded three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Blue Jays.

Griffin (3.88 ERA) had this start moved back a day because of Thursday's off-day. He didn't seem refreshed by the additional 24-hours rest, walking six batters on a day where he struggled to locate the plate but kept his team in the game anyway. Griffin hurled 103 pitches before Oakland pulled the plug on him, ceding the contest to a bullpen that surrendered one run over 3 1/3 innings in Oakland's win.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 04:50:00 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Griffin managed to get a quality start, but continues to struggle with home runs -- giving up a solo shot to Nelson Cruz in the second inning and a three-run homer to Mitch Moreland in the seventh. Despite pitching in a pitcher-friendly ballpark, he currently leads the majors with 28 home runs allowed. Griffin now has a 3.91 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 147 1/3 innings this season.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 06:43:00 PM

A.J. Griffin surrendered four earned runs on four hits in seven innings Monday as the A's beat the Blue Jays.

He whiffed five and issued a pair of free passes. Griffin looked great at times this evening, with three notable exceptions: Homers allowed to Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnacion which accounted for all four of Toronto's runs. Griffin ranks eighth in the American League with 10 wins, and his 1.11 WHIP stands ninth.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 01:40:00 AM

A.J. Griffin allowed six hits over eight innings and combined with Grant Balfour on a shutout of the Red Sox on Saturday.

The A's lost five straight Griffin starts from May 30-June 20. Now they've won the last four in a row, even though Griffin gave up seven runs in one of those games. This makes four times this season that Griffin has pitched at least seven innings and allowed no runs. Among AL hurlers, only Justin Masterson (5 times) and Felix Hernandez have done it as often.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 01:30:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1John Jaso
2Derek Norris
1B1Daric Barton
2B1Eric Sogard
2Alberto Callaspo
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
3Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Brandon Moss
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3A.J. Griffin
4Dan Straily
5Jesse Chavez
6Tommy Milone
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Sean Doolittle
5Dan Otero
6Eric O'Flaherty
7Drew Pomeranz
8Fernando Abad
9Fernando Rodriguez