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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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A.J. Griffin (elbow) said he felt good after tossing a pair of 15-pitch innings in a simulated game on Thursday.
The right-hander admitted that he doesn't know what the next step will be, but it's possible he could be cleared for a minor league rehab start. May 28 - 7:05 PM

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A.J. Griffin (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Thursday.

Griffin's recovery from Tommy John surgery suffered a minor setback when he was shut down for a bit with shoulder soreness, but he's now getting back on track. The right-hander could begin a rehab assignment soon.
May 27 - 1:50 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow, shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

It will be the first time he's thrown from a mound since he was shut down for nearly two weeks after feeling some shoulder soreness. If all goes well, Griffin could begin a rehab assignment next week. He's tracking towards a return sometime in June.
May 20 - 12:46 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow, shoulder) has resumed a throwing program.

Griffin was shut down for a bit after feeling some shoulder soreness, but an exam came back clean and he's been cleared to throw again. He had been slated to begin a rehab assignment soon before the shutdown period, but the A's will obviously proceed cautiously with him.
May 17 - 9:46 AM

A.J. Griffin (elbow, shoulder) could play catch on Tuesday.

Griffin was examined on Monday after having to cut last week's simulated game short due to a sore right shoulder. He obviously received a favorable diagnosis. Griffin had been slated to begin a rehab assignment soon, although that obviously will be pushed back a bit.
May 12 - 7:12 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow, shoulder) could gain clearance at the doctor on Monday to resume playing catch in a day or two.

It's a good sign that the recent setback Griffin had with his shoulder isn't serious, although more won't be known until after he's examined. Even in a best-case scenario, he's not going to be an option for the A's for over a month.
May 11 - 7:24 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) was shut down after two innings in a simulated game on Thursday due to soreness in his shoulder.

While it's encouraging that it's not his surgically-repaired elbow that's causing the trouble, Griffin will return to the Oakland area to be checked out. This will obviously push his return to the Athletics rotation back.
May 8 - 8:25 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) is close to beginning a rehab assignment.

Griffin is a tad behind fellow Tommy John rehabber Jarrod Parker, but his recovery is also moving along nicely. The righty threw another simulated game over the weekend and is nearly ready to test things out in real game action. He'll likely need all 30 of his allotted rehab days.
May 4 - 6:40 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) will throw another simulated game Saturday.

Griffin will throw three innings in the sim game, after which he'll start a rehab assignment. Griffin can spend up to 30 days on the rehab assignment, so early June is a likely return date for the right-hander.
Apr 29 - 8:30 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) threw 2 1/3 innings in a simulated game on Monday.

Griffin will pitch in front of Oakland's front office and training staff on Wednesday before heading back to extended spring training. He remains on pace for a return sometime in June. "We're just taking it one day at a time right now, barring any setbacks," Griffin said.
Apr 28 - 10:41 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
3Max Muncy
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
CF1Sam Fuld
2Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Jesse Chavez
6Kendall Graveman
7Jarrod Parker
8A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Evan Scribner
7Edward Mujica
8Fernando Rodriguez
9Arnold Leon
10Taylor Thompson