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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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Rangers signed RHP A.J. Griffin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The 27-year-old right-hander was cut loose by the Athletics in November to make room for veteran left-hander Rich Hill. Griffin had the look of a future front-line starter in 2012-2013, when he posted a combined 3.60 ERA and 1.126 WHIP in 282 1/3 innings, but he needed Tommy John elbow surgery in early 2014 and hasn't been right since. Texas will now take a low-risk gamble that he can get back to full strength at some point in 2016. Mon, Dec 21, 2015 03:46:00 PM

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Athletics released RHP A.J. Griffin.

Griffin was designated for assignment last week after the Athletics signed free agent left-hander Rich Hill. The 27-year-old showed promise from 2012-2013, but required Tommy John surgery in April of 2014 and encountered numerous setbacks while trying to make in back this past season. Someone will surely take a chance on him, but he probably will have to settle for a minor league deal at this point.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 01:42:00 PM

Athletics designated RHP A.J. Griffin for assignment.

The A's just signed Rich Hill to a one-year contract, with Griffin's designation acting as their corresponding move. The 27-year-old right-hander's recovering from Tommy John surgery and has been hit by several setbacks on his hopeful return to health. He'll likely be ready for spring training, assuming he finds an eventual landing spot.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 04:07:00 PM

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

It's a move to get him back on the 40-man roster. Griffin had multiple setbacks with his shoulder while making his way back from Tommy John surgery but should enter spring training without limitations.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 09:43:00 AM

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

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Griffin has encountered shoulder issues while working his way back from Tommy John surgery and isn't expected to make it back this season.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 03:33:00 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that A.J. Griffin continues to strengthen his shoulder, but it's unlikely that he returns before the end of the season.

With the A's out of postseason contention, there's no need to take any risk and rush him back to action. The right-hander should be fully healthy and ready to roll for the start of spring training in 2016.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 07:41:00 PM

A.J. Griffin (shoulder) has yet to resume a throwing program.

Griffin has reported improvement with his shoulder, but he remains shut down. The right-hander hasn't appeared in a game since mid-June and looks like a long shot to make it back to the majors this season.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 07:27:00 PM

A.J. Griffin (shoulder) remains shut down.

Griffin's rehab from Tommy John surgery is over with, but he hasn't started a game since June 18 due to a strained right shoulder. The shoulder first started bothering him back in early May and he apparently never quite shook the ailment. There's no timetable for when Griffin will resume throwing.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 09:27:00 AM

Athletics activated RHP A.J. Griffin from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

Griffin got roughed up in his rehab outing Friday at Oklahoma City, allowing eight hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings. He's not quite ready to join the big club yet but Griffin should have a chance to pitch in Oakland later this year. The 27-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery 14 months ago.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 08:40:00 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) will make his next minor league rehab start with High-A Stockton on Sunday.

He made it through Wednesday's outing without any issues, striking out three over three scoreless innings of work. He's scheduled to work four innings, or 60 pitches, his next time out as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Griffin remains on track to rejoin the Athletics rotation in early July.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 11:34:00 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) allowed just one hit while striking out three over three scoreless frames in his first rehab start with High-A Stockton.

Griffin had to be shut down a bit after developing some shoulder soreness, but he's back on track now. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, the right-hander figures to need a full 30 days on a rehab assignment, putting him on pace to rejoin the A's rotation in early July.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 09:50:00 AM

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.
Thu, May 28, 2015 07:05:00 PM

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.
Wed, May 27, 2015 01:50:00 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.
Wed, May 20, 2015 12:46:00 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.
Sun, May 17, 2015 09:46:00 AM

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3Michael McKenry
4Bobby Wilson
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Rougned Odor
2Hanser Alberto
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Pedro Ciriaco
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Justin Ruggiano
3Joey Gallo
4Patrick Kivlehan
CF1Delino DeShields
2James Jones
3Jordan Danks
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
DH1Prince Fielder
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PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6Chi Chi Gonzalez
7A.J. Griffin
8Anthony Ranaudo
9Nick Martinez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Tom Wilhelmsen
3Jake Diekman
4Keone Kela
5Sam Dyson
6Sam Freeman
7Andrew Faulkner
8Alex Claudio
9Tony Barnette
10Luke Jackson
11Ross Ohlendorf
12Tanner Scheppers
13Jose Leclerc
14Cesar Ramos