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64 A.J. Griffin SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/230 | Birthdate: 1/28/1988 | Birthplace: El Cajon, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 47/1 | Average Draft Position: 209.55
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A.J. Griffin behind schedule in rehab process


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Monday during an interview with MLB Network Radio starting pitcher A.J. Griffin is behind schedule in his rehab from an elbow injury.

"He hasn't gotten to the throwing portion of rehab yet and will probably take a bit longer than we originally thought," Melvin said.


A.J. Griffin about 1-2 weeks away from throwing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (elbow) will start strengthening exercises soon, per CSN California. Melvin estimates Griffin will start throwing in about 1-2 weeks.

A.J. Griffin placed on the disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin has been placed on the disabled list.

Griffin has been dealing with an elbow issue. He will rest for three weeks before attempting to return. Griffin's DL stint was backdated to March 21, though he'll likely miss more than 15 games. Griffin posted a 3.83 ERA in 200 innings last year.


A.J. Griffin receives platelet-rich plasma injection


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow Monday, MLB.com reports.

Griffin said Wednesday that his arm feels looser than it has in a long time. However, he's expected to miss at least the first month of the season.


A.J. Griffin receives good news about elbow


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) The pessimism regarding Athletics starter A.J. Griffin has turned into optimism in a span of 24 hours. An examination has revealed no structural damage to his elbow.

Griffin will rest his arm for three weeks in hopes of ridding it of discomfort. He will begin the season on the disabled list, but should begin a throwing program soon thereafter.


Elbow problem to land A.J. Griffin on DL to start season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) The bad medical news received Friday by the Athletics was not limited to forearm tightness experienced by ace Jarrod Parker. It was also revealed that fellow starter A.J. Griffin was feeling elbow soreness.

Griffin has pitched this spring as if something is wrong. He has surrendered 10 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings. He will be checked out by a specialist Saturday is expected to open the season on the disabled list.

The loss of Griffin for any length of time could prove devastating. He was a rotation stalwart in 2013 with a 14-10 record and 3.83 ERA.


A.J. Griffin serves up two homers in third spring start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin was knocked around again on Thursday against the Rockies in Cactus League action.

Griffin served up a solo home run to Wilin Rosario in the second frame and a two-run shot to Tim Wheeler in the fourth inning. He surrendered five runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out two over 3 2/3 innings pitched. He has allowed 10 runs over 8 2/3 innings of work this spring.

A.J. Griffin not at his best vs. Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin was not at his best on Saturday against the Rockies in Cactus League play.

Griffin surrendered three runs on six hits and no walks while striking out two over three innings pitched. He has allowed five runs through five innings pitched over his first two starts.


A.J. Griffin surrenders two earned runs Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin gave up two earned runs on four hits in two innings while striking out two in Monday's 7-3 win over the Dodgers.

It was the spring debut for Griffin, who went 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA and 171:54 K:BB ratio in 200 innings last season.


A.J. Griffin taking better care of his body


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin took better care of his body this offseason, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Griffin said he was "pretty fat" last season, and had trouble with weight issues. He attempted to lose some weight during the year, but felt like it impacted his performance. "It's not an excuse," said Griffin, who doesn't dispute that theory. "It's my fault for being so fat in the first place." Griffin reported to camp weighing between 236-241 pounds. He feels that is his optimal weight.

Griffin posted a 3.83 ERA in 200 innings last year.


A.J. Griffin throws a side session


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/7/2013) Athletics manager Bob Melvin told the Bay Area News Group that A.J. Griffin 's condition has improved, though he has yet to throw off a mound. Griffin did throw on the side while the team was in Oakland for their American League Division Series games against the Tigers.

Griffin will miss the ALDS due to right arm tendinitis, but if he can improve to the point where he could face live batters, he could be ready for a potential American League Championship Series.


A.J. Griffin dealing with arm discomfort


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin is dealing with arm discomfort, and won't pitch during the ALDS, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Griffin will get a second opinion on his arm to determine the severity of the injury. There's a chance he will be able to return for the ALCS if the team advances. Griffin had a 3.83 ERA in 200 innings. 


Athletics set playoff rotation


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon will start Game 1 of the ALDS, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Colon will be followed by Sonny Gray, Jarrod Parker and Dan Straily. A.J. Griffin is dealing with a "health issue," and was not listed among the starters. 


A.J. Griffin strikes out seven in 10th loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin fell to 14-10 Tuesday after giving up three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven in five innings in his team's 3-0 loss to the Angels.

The loss was Griffin's first since Aug. 21, and it was the first time in five starts he failed to complete six innings. Griffin could be done for the regular season with the team off Thursday. He owns a 3.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 171:54 K:BB ratio in 200 innings.


A.J. Griffin gives up one hit in no-decision


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin gave up a two-run home run to Mike Trout in the first inning of Wednesday's afternoon home start against the Angels. It was the only hit he would allow all game.

Griffin allowed the two earned runs on a hit and two walks over six innings on 90 pitches. The A's offense woke up with four runs in the third inning, but the bullpen blew the lead in the ninth and Griffin settled for the no-decision to remain 14-9 on the year. Griffin struck out six batters and his ERA is now at 3.78.

Griffin has won his last four decisions but couldn't keep a winning streak alive as the bullpen blew his lead. He hasn't always been at his best over that stretch, but he's gone at least five innings in each game and has 34 strikeouts over a span of 31 innings. Griffin makes his next start for Oakland on Monday in another start against the Angels, this time from Anaheim.

Sonny Gray, A.J. Griffin pushed back a day


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) With Jarrod Parker able to start Monday against the Angels, the Athletics had to push back the next starts of Sonny Gray and A.J. Griffin to Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, against the Halos, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. 

A.J. Griffin tosses fantastic start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin tossed a great start against the Twins Thursday.

Griffin went seven innings, giving up just one run. He allowed two hits, and walked one. Griffin struck out eight. His ERA is 3.81.


A.J. Griffin wins back-to-back starts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Athletics starter A.J. Griffin (13-9) turned in a decent outing as he won his second straight decision Friday night against the Astros. The right-hander surrendered four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out nine over six innings of a 7-5 victory.

Griffin has allowed four earned runs in three of his last four starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Thursday at Minnesota.

A.J. Griffin gets back on track


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Athletics starter A.J. Griffin (12-9) bounced back with a dominant outing as he earned his 12th victory of the season Sunday afternoon against the Rays. The right-hander yielded one on five hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings of a 5-1 win.

Griffin has allowed nine earned runs combined over his last four starts (23 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Friday at home against Houston. He is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against the Astros.

A.J. Griffin no longer trustworthy


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/28/2013) With more Head-to-Head points to date than Stephen Strasburg and an impressive 1.18 WHIP, A.J. Griffin still has the appearance of a viable Fantasy option, and I guess you wouldn't be wrong to call him one. But he's had a downfall not too unlike Shelby Miller's that makes me hesitant to use him the rest of the way.

The home runs kill him. Nobody has ever disputed that. His rate of 1.7 per nine innings is the highest among qualifying pitchers. He survives it with impeccable control. Or at least he did, issuing just 32 walks over his first 23 starts. Over his last four, though, he's issued 16.

OK, so he's had a little rough patch, but he'll come out of it, right? Not necessarily. The inefficiency has gone on longer than that. He's lasted six innings -- the bare minimum for a quality start -- in just six of his last 13 starts. And it's not like the Athletics are pulling him early. He threw at least 95 pitches in all but two of those starts.

If the surplus of walks is an overdue side effect of that inefficiency, it could kill Griffin's ERA. And even if it isn't, he's still a five-inning pitcher with less than strikeout-per-inning stuff. Most mixed-league owners can do better than that.


A.J. Griffin wins despite struggles on mound


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Athletics starter A.J. Griffin was bumped up a day to take the mound Monday at Detroit. He didn't have the best of outings, but walked away a winner nevertheless.

Griffin improved to 11-9 on the season although he gave up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings of work. He threw 91 pitches and allowed two home runs. Griffin struck out four and his ERA is now at 3.94.

The 25-year-old starter gave up four runs and two homers his last time out against Seattle over six innings and took the loss. He's been walking a tight rope of late and not going deep in games. That said, Griffin will make his next scheduled start for manager Bob Melvin Saturday against Tampa Bay.

Athletics set rotation vs. Tigers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) The Athletics announced their rotation plans for an upcoming series against the Tigers beginning Monday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Saturday A.J. Griffin will be moved up to Monday to open the series, with Tommy Milone and Dan Straily filing in behind him. Thursa's starter for the series finale has yet to be announce. 


A.J. Griffin suffers ninth defeat


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin toed the rubber at home against the Mariners Wednesday afternoon. It wasn't a poor outing for Griffin, though he suffered the losing decision.

Griffin threw 105 pitches over six innings as he allowed four earned runs on five hits and four walks. He managed to strike out seven batters, but surrendered a couple of homers. Griffin took the loss to fall to 10-9 on the year with a solid 3.84 ERA.

The 25-year-old hurler has lost his last two decisions spanning four outings for the Athletics. Perhaps more importantly, he hasn't been getting very deep in games of late. The good news is that Griffin has remained consistent enough not to allow more than four earned runs to score in any of his last nine outings.

Griffin will make his next scheduled start for manager Bob Melvin on Tuesday at Detroit.

A.J. Griffin settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin turned in a decent outing but failed to factor in the decision Friday night against the Indians. The right-hander yielded one unearned run on four hits and five walks while striking out three over five innings of a 3-2 victory.

Griffin has allowed two earned runs over his last 10 2/3 innings pitched. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at home against Seattle. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against the Mariners this season.

A.J. Griffin walks six in no-decision


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin, who has had trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark, did not allow a single homer during his outing Sunday in Toronto.

The bad news, however, was that Griffin had trouble throwing the ball over the plate. The Oakland starter surrendered six free passes on the afternoon over just 5 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and the six walks with two strikeouts over 103 pitches.

Griffin took a no-decision as he left the game tied at three runs apiece. His ERA is at 3.88 on the year. Griffin had surrendered 10 homers in his previous four outings but did go 2-2 over that stretch for the A's. The walks were an aberration and he will likely bounce back in that regard his next time out.

Griffin, who had never before walked more than four batters in any start, is next scheduled to take the mound on Friday against Cleveland.