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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 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

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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

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.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 08:56:00 AM

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.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 09:06:00 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.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 12:28:00 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.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 03:27:00 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.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 11:41:00 PM

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2Josh Phegley
3Bryan Anderson
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3Andy Parrino
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Renato Nunez
3Alden Carrithers
LF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
3Jason Pridie
CF1Coco Crisp
2Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
2Alex Hassan
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Kendall Graveman
6Chris Bassitt
7Sean Nolin
8Jarrod Parker
9A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Ryan Cook
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Dan Otero
6Fernando Abad
7Jesse Chavez
8Evan Scribner
9R.J. Alvarez
10Brad Mills
11Kevin Whelan
12Eury de la Rosa
13Taylor Thompson
14Fernando Rodriguez