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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
Contract: view contract details
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A.J. Griffin (gout) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.
He should need just the one outing before rejoining the Rangers' rotation. Nick Martinez is drawing another start in Griffin's place Friday. Apr 28 - 4:43 PM

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A.J. Griffin (ankle) will throw a light bullpen session Monday.

He could throw another one Wednesday. Working his way back from gout in his left ankle, Griffin is eligible to return on Friday against the Angels and seems likely to start then assuming all goes well.
Apr 24 - 5:28 PM

A.J. Griffin (ankle) played catch in the outfield Sunday.

Griffin went on the disabled list due to gout in his left ankle, but it won't stop him from continuing a throwing program. He might only miss one start.
Apr 23 - 12:10 PM

Rangers placed RHP A.J. Griffin on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18, with gout in his left ankle.

Griffin is eligible to return from the disabled list as early as April 28, so there's a chance that he only misses one start with this flare up. Griffin was scheduled to start against the Royals on Saturday, so the club will be forced to find an emergency fill-in.
Apr 21 - 6:58 PM

Facing his former team, A.J. Griffin struck out eight over six innings Monday as the Rangers blanked the A's 7-0.

Griffin allowed just one hit, a Stephen Vogt double, while beating the A's for the first time (in two tries) since they released him prior to the 2016 season. He's 2-0 with a 4.11 ERA and a 16/4 K/BB ratio in three starts. Most likely, he'll continue to feature a solid strikeout rate and WHIP, but he'll give up too many homers to amass much fantasy value.
Apr 18 - 1:49 AM

A.J. Griffin pitched six innings and allowed three runs in a victory over the Angels on Wednesday.

Griffin left his last start after a spill, but he was about done anyway; he had given up four runs in 3 1/3 innings. He was better tonight in helping the Rangers to their third win in eight games, but he's not much of an option outside of deep AL-only leagues.
Apr 13 - 1:32 AM

A.J. Griffin left Friday's start against the Athletics after suffering abrasions on both of his knees and his right hand while trying to back up an errant throw near the Athletics' dugout.

He should be fine. Griffin was likely on his way out of the game at the time anyway, as he allowed four runs on four hits (including two homers) and two walks over just 3 1/3 innings. He was at 75 pitches when he left the game. Griffin gave up 28 homers in just 119 innings last season, which is not what you want pitching in Texas. He can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Apr 7 - 10:10 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start against the Rockies.

Both tallies came on a two-run shot in the fourth inning by Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds. Griffin walked three and gave up six hits while striking out only two batters. He is expected to make the Rangers' season-opening starting rotation, but the 29-year-old right-hander can be ignored in most standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 28 - 5:29 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister indicated Friday that A.J. Griffin is likely to be part of the team's rotation.

Griffin probably had a spot before Andrew Cashner (biceps) got injured, and he was a virtual shoo-in after that. The right-hander holds a 6.48 ERA this spring and put up a 5.07 mark last season for Texas, but he also struck out 107 over 119 innings. Griffin is more of an AL-only than mixed league option in fantasy leagues.
Mar 24 - 12:28 PM

A.J. Griffin struggled to keep the ball in the yard on Friday, surrendering three home runs in a losing effort against the Indians in Cactus League play.

Lonnie Chisenhall, Erik Kratz and Abraham Almonte were the one's to victimize him in this one. All of the home runs were solo shots, and were the only three hits that the veteran right-hander allowed in his five innings of work. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter in the contest. He's in the mix to open the season as the club's fifth starter but holds minimal fantasy value outside of AL-only formats.
Mar 17 - 10:38 PM

A.J. Griffin did not allow a run over four innings of work during Saturday's Cactus League game against the White Sox.

Griffin surrendered a pair of hits, but also struck out four without walking a batter. This was a humongous improvement over his previous spring outing, when he yakked up six runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Mariners. While he could make the Rangers' rotation out of spring training, we would advise against him for fantasy purposes. Last season, he coughed up 28 home runs and registered a 5.07 ERA in 23 starts.
Mar 11 - 6:45 PM

A.J. Griffin was hammered for six runs over 2 2/3 innings against the Mariners on Monday.

Five of the six runs scored in the third inning. Griffin faced 18 batters and 10 of them reached base. He gave two homers and walked three batters along the way. Oh, and he also hit a batter. The 29-year-old is in position to begin the year as the fifth starter in the Rangers’ rotation, but he posted a 5.07 ERA in 23 starts last year while giving up 28 homers. As a fly ball pitcher, he’s just not a good fit in Texas.
Mar 6 - 7:09 PM

A.J. Griffin yielded three runs on two hits over two innings in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Royals.

Of the two hits Griffin surrendered, the loudest came off the bat of Salvador Perez, who belted a solo home run off the 29-year-old right-hander. While Griffin did fan 107 batters in 119 innings last season, he struggled overall, pitching to a 5.07 ERA over the course of 23 starts.
Feb 25 - 6:19 PM

Rangers and RHP A.J. Griffin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Griffin held a 5.07 ERA over 23 starts for the Rangers in 2016 but struck out 107 over 119 innings. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 13 - 12:24 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Brewers.

Griffin gave up a pair of homers in the contest, giving him 28 home runs allowed in 23 starts overall. It's no surprise, then, that the right-hander owns a 5.07 ERA in those 23 starts. There were highs and lows in his first full year since 2013, and it will be interesting to see what kind of interest the 28-year-old garners on the open market this winter.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Joey Gallo
LF1Ryan Rua
2Jurickson Profar
3Delino DeShields
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Matt Bush
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Sam Dyson
4Tony Barnette
5Jose Leclerc
6Alex Claudio
7Dario Alvarez
8Keone Kela
9Jake Diekman