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A.J. Griffin | Starting Pitcher | #64

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 limited the Royals to one run over five innings Sunday in a no-decision.
The one run he allowed came on a fourth-inning Kendrys Morales solo shot. Griffin left the game at 89 pitches with Texas trailing 1-0, but the Rangers scored in the sixth and seventh and went on to win 2-1. Griffin will carry a 4.06 ERA into his next start at home versus this same Kansas City club. Jul 24 - 5:32 PM

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A.J. Griffin surrendered five runs in five-plus innings against the Angels on Monday.

It was three runs through five, but manager Jeff Banister decided to send him back out for the sixth to face Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout again. He gave up a single to Calhoun and then hit Trout before being pulled. Both came around to score off Tony Barnette, though part of that was due to a Rougned Odor error.
Jul 19 - 1:55 AM

A.J. Griffin was knocked around in Sunday's loss to the Twins, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his five innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked one and struck out three on the afternoon. He shut the Twins out through the first three frames before Kennys Vargas swatted a solo homer in the fourth inning. The fifth is where the train came off the tracks, with the Twins adding on five runs, capped off on a grand slam off the bat of Max Kepler. Griffin's first half concludes with a 3-1 record, 3.81 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 10 starts spanning 52 innings.
Jul 10 - 6:27 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed two runs over just four innings but escaped with a no-decision in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Red Sox.

He permitted seven hits and walked three batters, needing 96 pitches to cover four frames. Griffin was able to limit the damage for the most part, though, and the Rangers' bullpen put up zeroes the rest of the way. The right-hander has pitched well this season when healthy with a 3.06 ERA and nearly a strikeout per inning. Griffin will take on the Twins to close out his first half.
Jul 5 - 11:21 PM

A.J. Griffin held the Yankees to one run and two hits over five innings on Thursday.

He struck out eight in the 88-pitch outing. The Rangers are treading carefully with Griffin, who was making his second start after a DL stint due to shoulder stiffness. He's excelled in his limited action this year, posting a 2.93 ERA and striking out 42 in 43 innings.
Jun 30 - 4:55 PM

A.J. Griffin gave up two runs on four hits and made it through only 4 1/3 innings for a no-decision on Saturday, striking out six and walking one in the Rangers' 10-3 victory over the Red Sox.

Griffin came off the disabled list today after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. That is part of the reason he was lifted early in this game, although he had already thrown 91 pitches. He has been very effective through seven starts. Now with a 3.08 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 38 innings, Griffin will square off with the Yankees on Thursday.
Jun 26 - 1:21 AM

Rangers activated RHP A.J. Griffin from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll return to the mound Saturday against Boston after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. Griffin's spot in the starting rotation should be pretty safe with Yu Darvish (neck), Colby Lewis (lat) and Derek Holland (shoulder) all sidelined with injuries.
Jun 25 - 6:42 PM

A.J. Griffin (shoulder) will start against the Red Sox on Saturday.

This will be Griffin's first start since May 7. He has been working his way back from right shoulder soreness in the interim. The 28-year-old held a 2.94 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 28/14 K/BB ratio over six starts (33 2/3 innings) prior to the injury. With Griffin going Saturday, the Rangers round out their weekend rotation with Nick Martinez on Friday and Martin Perez on Sunday.
Jun 22 - 11:00 PM

A.J. Griffin (shoulder) allowed two runs over three innings Tuesday in his second minor league rehab start.

Griffin gave up five hits and two walks while striking out three. He got stretched out to 63 pitches. It's unclear what the next step will be, but the Rangers could have him make another rehab start. Griffin has been sidelined for a little over a month with right shoulder stiffness.
Jun 14 - 1:43 PM

A.J. Griffin (shoulder) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday.

This comes after Griffin threw live batting practice over the weekend. The next step could be a minor league rehab assignment. Griffin has been out for about a month with stiffness in his right shoulder.
Jun 6 - 7:07 PM

A.J. Griffin (shoulder) has resumed throwing on flat ground.

Griffin has thrown from 70 feet a couple times and is hoping to get back on a mound soon. It doesn't appear that he's terribly far off from a rehab assignment if all goes well.
May 22 - 11:56 AM

An MRI taken Tuesday on A.J. Griffin's right shoulder showed no major structural damage.

Griffin can resume throwing as soon as he's asymptomatic, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list May 8 with stiffness in his right shoulder. He stood 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts over his first 33 2/3 innings (six starts) with Texas.
May 11 - 12:20 PM

Rangers placed RHP A.J. Griffin on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

Griffin had to leave Saturday's start with the ailment. Although he had expressed optimism that he'd be fine, the Rangers are understandably exercising caution here given his past shoulder issues. He'll be examined further on Monday before more is known about a potential timetable. Anthony Ranaudo and Cesar Ramos are candidates to replace Griffin in Texas' rotation.
May 8 - 10:47 AM

A.J. Griffin said he isn't concerned about his shoulder stiffness.

No tests are scheduled and the Rangers haven't ruled him out for Friday's start against Toronto. Griffin lasted just 2 2/3 innings Saturday against Detroit. Anthony Renaudo could be called upon if the Rangers skip his next turn.
May 7 - 7:29 PM

A.J. Griffin was removed from Saturday's start against the Tigers with right shoulder stiffness.

The right-hander recorded just eight outs before departing. Given his history of arm troubles, it wouldn't be surprising if this ailment wound up leading to a stint on the disabled list. Anthony Ranaudo replaced him on Saturday and could be a candidate to fill his rotation spot if Griffin is forced to miss any starts.
May 7 - 2:29 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Bryan Holaday
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Joey Gallo
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Nomar Mazara
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Ian Desmond
2Delino DeShields
3Drew Stubbs
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Mitch Moreland
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
7Nick Martinez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Shawn Tolleson
3Keone Kela
4Jake Diekman
5Matt Bush
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers