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A.J. Griffin | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Oct 31 - 9:22 AM

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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.
May 4 - 3:27 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.
Apr 30 - 6:25 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.
Apr 29 - 6:35 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.
Apr 29 - 5:50 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.
Apr 25 - 6:46 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.
Apr 24 - 6:41 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.
Apr 7 - 8:56 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.
Mar 30 - 9:06 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.
Mar 15 - 12:28 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.
Mar 14 - 3:27 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.
Mar 13 - 11:41 PM

A.J. Griffin was knocked around in Saturday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering three runs on six hits in his three innings of work.

Griffin fanned two and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. He now sports a 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP through his first two Cactus League starts, but still has time to right the ship before the beginning of the regular season.
Mar 8 - 8:17 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed two runs in two innings of work in Monday's 7-3 victory over the Dodgers.

In his Cactus League debut, Griffin allowed the two runs on four hits. To his credit, he did strike out two without issuing a walk. After posting a 3.83 ERA in 200 innings during the regular season in 2013, Griffin is poised to open up the season in the middle of the Athletics' starting rotation.
Mar 3 - 6:37 PM

A.J. Griffin has been left off the A's ALDS roster.

Griffin was one of Oakland's most consistent and reliable starters this year, but he's been battling elbow tendinitis for the past couple weeks. The American League West champs will go with a rotation of Bartolo Colon, Sonny Gray, Jarrod Parker and Dan Straily against the Tigers.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 04:25:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
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2Geovany Soto
1B1Brandon Moss
2Stephen Vogt
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Andy Parrino
3Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Renato Nunez
3Alden Carrithers
LF1Sam Fuld
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
2Andrew Brown
DH1Billy Butler
2John Jaso
3Kyle Blanks
4Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Sonny Gray
3Jeff Samardzija
4Scott Kazmir
5Jason Hammel
6A.J. Griffin
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Fernando Abad
6Dan Otero
7Jesse Chavez
8Evan Scribner
9Fernando Rodriguez
10Drew Pomeranz
11Jorge De Leon
12Taylor Thompson
13Pat Venditte