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A.J. Griffin | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that A.J. Griffin (elbow) and Sean Nolin (groin) are scheduled to face live hitters on Saturday.
Griffin is in the process of rehabilitating after Tommy John surgery and appears to be on track to rejoin the A's rotation in June. Nolin has been battling a strained groin after undergoing hernia surgery in the offseason. Both will add depth to the A's rotation once they are able to return. Apr 10 - 9:09 PM

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A.J. Griffin successfully threw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin was on hand for the session and noted that "all of his pitches look great." He still isn't expected to join the A's rotation until June as he continues to recover from last April's Tommy John surgery, but it certainly appears that he's on the right path.
Mar 27 - 7:59 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday.

It was the first time he has thrown all of his pitches since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. He's scheduled for another bullpen session Friday and will continue to progress from there. It's good news, but odds are he won't contribute in the A's rotation until around June.
Mar 24 - 3:29 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) threw 30 pitches -- fastballs and changeups -- from a mound on Tuesday.

And he also tossed 10 breaking balls from a shortened distance. Griffin is recovering from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be an option for the A's starting rotation before June.
Mar 17 - 5:04 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) threw 35 pitches off the mound on Tuesday.

Griffin, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, threw fastballs and changeups. However, he also mixed in some curveballs during a flat-ground session. The A's are hopeful the young right-hander will be ready to contribute around midseason.
Mar 3 - 1:44 PM

Athletics placed RHP A.J. Griffin on the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Alex Hassan. Griffin will be out until around midseason as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 27 - 3:39 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) said Thursday that he has already completed three bullpen sessions.

Griffin's workouts have been fastball-only up to this point, but he expects to incorporate his changeup early next week. The right-hander underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and probably won't be ready to join the A's rotation until sometime in June. He's not a great fantasy bet in his first year back from the procedure, but dynasty leaguers should hold on tight.
Feb 19 - 1:17 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) is slated to resume throwing bullpen sessions this week.

Griffin began throwing off a mound back in November and has progressed in his recovery from Tommy John surgery without any setbacks. The right-hander doesn't expect to appear in any Cactus League games and won't be an option for the A's until around midseason. Oakland probably can't realistically expect much from him again until 2016.
Feb 8 - 12:55 PM

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

Griffin missed the 2014 season after having Tommy John surgery in late April. He's probably going to be sidelined until around midseason next year.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:22:00 AM

Athletics transferred RHP A.J. Griffin to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Nick Buss. Griffin underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery last week.
Sun, May 4, 2014 03:27:00 PM

A.J. Griffin underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

The surgery was expected and confirmed by A's manager Bob Melvin on Tuesday. He's looking at a return sometime around the middle of 2015.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 06:25:00 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed Tuesday that A.J. Griffin will undergo season-ending elbow surgery Wednesday, though he's not of the exact procedure yet.

It's likely just semantics at this point, as the A's have already conceded that the righty is expected to miss a year, so Tommy John surgery is almost surely what will take place. They'll know for sure only after Griffin's elbow is opened up Wednesday.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 06:35:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has confirmed that A.J. Griffin needs Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

Another promising young starting pitcher goes down. Griffin has been on the shelf since the middle of spring training with elbow discomfort and will now remain sidelined through the first couple months of the 2015 season. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a strong 3.60 ERA and 1.126 WHIP in 282 1/3 major league innings.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 05:50:00 PM

Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports that A.J. Griffin is likely to undergo Tommy John surgery next week.

It doesn't come as a complete surprise, but is still a tough break for the A's who already lost Jarrod Parker to the surgery this season. Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone will now be expected to hold down the last two spots in the team's rotation for the foreseeable future.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 06:46:00 PM

A.J. Griffin will receive a second opinion on his ailing right elbow from Dr. Thomas L. Mehlhoff on Tuesday.

Griffin resumed throwing recently but is still feeling pain. He was diagnosed last month with a flexor tendinitis, but the injury is sometimes a precursor to Tommy John surgery. Obviously, it's an ominous sign, but more will be known next week after Griffin is examined.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 06:41:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
2Cody Ross
CF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Kendall Graveman
6Sean Nolin
7Jarrod Parker
8A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Jesse Chavez
7Evan Scribner
8Chris Bassitt
9Taylor Thompson