A.J. Griffin
A.J. Griffin

A.J. Griffin (SP,RP)

Texas Rangers

Bats: R   Throws: R

A.J. Griffin, probably the odds-on favorite to secure one of the potentially two starting rotation positions open with the Rangers, pitched five innings against the Indians Friday night in San Antonio on a makeshift field at the Alamodome. He allowed three hits and three runs while recording four strikeouts without issuing any walks. The makeshift field at the Alamodome accounted for the three runs all via solo shots due to a short right field fence. Reports state the 'homers' would have been outs in a major league park. Griffin has shown good command of his fastball and thrown his off-speed pitches for strikes which give him the edge over others for a spot in the rotation to start the season.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin is a known commodity within the Rangers organization and his consistency over his last two spring appearances give him a likely edge over others. But the situation remains fluid. He holds little fantasy value at this point.

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A.J. Griffin, who is vying for a starting role in the Rangers rotation, pitched four strong innings against the White Sox Saturday. He allowed two hits and struck out four, holding them scoreless and issuing no walks. Griffin is trying to gain some consistent production in his role and today had a nice outcome.

Fantasy Impact: With Tyson Ross on the shelf until at least May and with Andrew Cashner recovering from a biceps ailment and likely unavailable to start the season it appears likely that Griffin is in line for some starts, at least at the beginning of the season. But there are others in the mix too and that can't be taken for granted as much depends on the spring performance of each contender. Mike Hauschild, Dillon Gee, and Allen Webster are among those contending for a starting role.

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A.J. Griffin, who is competing for the 5th spot in the Rangers rotation, was hammered by the Mariners Monday over 2 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits (two home runs) and six runs (all earned) while walking three and recording three strikeouts. Griffin now carries a hefty 10.57 ERA this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Spring is a time when you can have games like this as long as you take something positive from it to propel you forward. The jury is out on Griffin thus far but another day like this would seal his fate in the competition for the 5th spot in the rotation.

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A.J. Griffin pitched two innings in his spring debut against the Royals Saturday. He allowed three runs and two hits while issuing one walk and recording one strikeout. Griffin is one of a fairly sizable group vying for the fifth rotation spot for the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Nick Martinez, Dillon Gee, Mike Hauschild and Allen Webster and Tyler Wagner are all in the hunt for the fifth slot in the rotation. Gee has the edge but it'll be a true competition and might be interesting to watch. Tyson Ross won't start throwing until mid-March.

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With the recent signing of Andrew Cashner, the Texas Rangers feel that four-fifths of their starting rotation is set with Cashner, Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels and Martin Perez. The fifth slot is up for grabs and A.J. Griffin remains in contention for the slot. (Source: www.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Griffin pitched well at the start of the 2016 season, his first action in two years after Tommy John surgery. In his first six starts, the right-hander went 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA. Then should inflammation sent him to the DL, and he struggled on his return, going 4-4 with a 5.17 ERA over his last 17 starts. Also in the mix are Nick Martinez and Chi Chi Gonzalez, as well as recently signed Tyler Wagner. The Rangers have also not ruled out Colby Lewis and/or Derek Holland returning, and the rumors continue about trading for White Sox ace Chris Sale.

A.J. Griffin lasted just 1.2 innings on Tuesday, allowing three hits and three runs in a game eventually won by the Rangers 5-4 over the Angels. Griffin had control issues during his brief outing, walking four hitters as well, while striking out only one.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin did himself no favors tonight as there are six starters vying for a slot in the playoff rotation. Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish are guaranteed spots, despite shaky outings of late. The third and possibly fourth spot will be up for grabs among Griffin, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Martin Perez.

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A.J. Griffin limited the Astros to two runs on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in Tuesday's win. He took the no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: It was a nice outing from Griffin, but he's been too erratic to count on for fantasy purposes outside of favorable matchups. He now has an ERA and WHIP of 4.78 and 1.29 on the season.

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A.J. Griffin had his best outing of the season, tossing six innings of shutout ball to lead the Rangers to a 7-0 blanking of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Griffin allowed just five hits, walked one and struck out six to earn his first win since August 4.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians lineup is a tough one, as evidenced by their 12-1 shellacking of the Rangers yesterday, so for Griffin to shut them out over six innings is impressive.

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A. J. Griffin picked up his second straight win in the Rangers' 5-3 win over the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles. Griffin once again did not pitch deep into the game, going 5.2 innings while giving up five hits and three runs. He struck out six and did not walk anyone on the night.

Fantasy Impact: The Rangers were hoping to get a little bit longer of an outing from Griffin. Staked to a 4-0 lead, he surrendered back-to-back homers to Mark Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez in the fifth, then gave up another long ball to Hyun Soo Kim in the sixth.

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A.J. Griffin allowed three hits and two runs over 5.2 innings to pick up the win in the Rangers 8-3 victory over the Royals on Friday. Griffin walked two and struck out one in picking up his first win since April 26.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin has not pitched particularly well since coming off the disabled list late last month. At 5.2 innings, this was his longest outing since his return as he continues to throw far too many pitches per inning. Tonight, Griffin needed 98 pitches to get through the 5.2 innings.

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A.J. Griffin continued his struggles since coming off the disabled list, allowing five runs in five innings as the Rangers fell to the Angels 9-5. Griffin, walked three, struck out two, and more importantly, couldn't protect an early 4-0 Rangers lead.

Fantasy Impact: Prior to his shoulder problems that landed him on the DL, Griffin was 3-0 with an ERA hovering around 3.00. Since coming off the DL, he has produced five ineffective starts and is in serious danger of losing his spot in the rotation.

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A.J. Griffin gets the starting nod on Monday in the series opener with the Angels with the added pressure of needing a strong performance to keep his rotation spot. (Source: www.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Rangers are in talks with several teams - particularly Tampa Bay - about acquiring starting pitching as injuries have affected the rotation. Griffin pitched well (3-0, 2.94 ERA) in his first six starts, but has struggled in his four starts since coming off the disabled list.

Sunday marked another dismal outing by a member of the Rangers starting rotation. This time it was A. J. Griffin, who was blasted for nine hits and six runs in just five innings as the Minnesota Twins steamrolled the Rangers 15-5. Griffin walked one and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: The Rangers starting staff has been nothing short of awful since injuries sidelined Colby Lewis, Yu Darvish and Derek Holland. Griffin, who had been solid as a rock prior to his stint on the DL, has struggled with his control since his return. Today, he threw more strikes, 65 of his 94 pitches, but unfortunately, they didn't miss many bats.

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A. J. Griffin threw nearly 100 pitches in just four innings of work in the Rangers 7-2 win over Boston on Tuesday. Griffin, who did not figure in the decision, allowed seven hits and two runs. He struck out three, and walked three - all of them in a row in the fourth inning.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin wasn't sharp, and the Rangers desperately need him to be sharp going forward as they deal with several injuries to their rotation. Even with the short outing, Griffin's season ERA is a very respectable 3.06.

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A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits and one run over five innings of work, but the Texas Rangers could do nothing against Yankee starter Michael Pineda in falling to New York 2-1 on Thursday. Griffin walked two and struck out eight. His only mistake was a solo home run off the bat of last night's hero, Didi Gregorius.

Fantasy Impact: This marks the first time the Rangers have lost two games in a row since mid-May, and these two have been painful. Last night, the bullpen gave up six runs in the bottom of the ninth, and today, it was a lead off walk and a passed ball that sent the Rangers to the showers. Meanwhile, Griffin did his job in his second start back after being on the DL.

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A.J. Griffin threw 91 pitches over just 4.1 innings in his first start since May 7, allowing four hits and a pair of runs in the Rangers 10-3 win over the Red Sox. Griffin walked one and struck out six on the day.

Fantasy Impact: If he could have lasted five innings, Griffin would have picked up his fourth win of the season, but the Rangers had to be careful with him in his first start back, and the rest of the rotation ravaged by injury. Overall, Griffin was impressive at times against the league's most potent offense.

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A.J. Griffin is scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox, and his return from injury couldn't come at a better time for Texas. The Rangers suddenly find themselves down three starters with the recent injuries this week to Colby Lewis and Derek Holland.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin was very effective at the start of the season, posting a 3-0 mark and a 2.94 ERA. The former A's standout has been on the shelf with right shoulder stiffness for several weeks. It will be very interesting to see how he performs his first time out with the added pressure of the Rangers really needing him at this point.

A.J. Griffin has made a pair of starts for Double-A Frisco as part of his injury rehab assignment, and the results have not been great. Griffin sits at 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA as he has given up nine hits in just 5.1 innings of work. He's walked two and struck out six. (Source: www.milb.com)

Fantasy Impact: With Yu Darvish back on the DL, getting Griffin back to the major league rotation is a high priority for the Rangers. Before he was injured, the veteran had posted a 3-0 mark with a 2.94 ERA along with an impressive 1.04 WHIP. Until he's ready, the Rangers will make do with Cesar Ramos, Nick Martinez or possibly Chi Chi Gonzalez.

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An MRI revealed no structural damage for Rangers RHP A.J. Griffin. As a result of the positive findings, Griffin can resume a throwing program once he's without symptoms of the shoulder ailment that landed him on the disabled list. (Source: Jeff Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for the team, as it will allow Griffin to return sooner than later. He's off to an impressive start and will aim to hold down a spot in the rotation with the pending return of Yu Darvish. While he's flown under the radar in general, Griffin has proven a capable streaming option so far this season.

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A.J. Griffin placed on 15-day DL

Sun, May 8th 6:59pm EDT
By Mitch Cox

Right-hander A.J. Griffin was placed on the 15-day disabled list one day after leaving his start against Detroit with right shoulder stiffness. The Rangers don't have any games scheduled the next three Thursdays which means that Griffin effectively is only missing one start, a point that played into the Rangers decision. (Source: www.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: Griffin has been outstanding in his role as the No. 5 starter in the rotation, compiling a 3-0 record and a sub-3.00 ERA prior to Saturday's game. The Rangers will take it easy on Griffin, as he has spent the better half of the last two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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A.J. Griffin left today's game against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning with right shoulder stiffness. Griffin appeared to be fine for the first two innings, but started feeling discomfort when warming up for the third inning. He retired the first two hitters, but then gave up a single and issued a pair of walks to load the bases. Eight of his last ten pitches were outside the strike zone. (Source: www.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is a blow to the Rangers and Griffin owners. Griffin had Tommy John surgery in 2014 and spent most of last year recovering. He won the fifth starter's job in the spring, and has been quite effective with a 3-0 record and an ERA under 3.00. The Rangers will wait until they return to Texas to make any further decisions on Griffin.

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Another gem for A.J. Griffin

Tue, May 3rd 1:44am EDT
By Mitch Cox

A.J. Griffin allowed just three hits and one run over six innings of work in the Rangers' 2-1 win over Toronto Monday. Griffin walked two and struck out nine but did not figure in the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin has simply been outstanding for the Rangers since winning the fifth spot in the rotation. He lowered his ERA to 2.32 and has an even 1.00 WHIP to go along with a 3-0 record. He is still only owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues. The big issues is who is the odd man out when Yu Darvish returns. Certainly, Griffin has done everything to keep one of the slots in the rotation.

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A.J. Griffin ends Rangers skid

Wed, Apr 27th 12:29am EDT
By Mitch Cox

A.J. Griffin had his most impressive start of the season, allowing just four hits and one run over eight innings of work in the Rangers' 10-1 win over the Yankees Tuesday. The victory snapped a four-game losing skid for Texas. Griffin walked one and struck out five in improving his season record to 3-0.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin is making an early case for Comeback Player of the Year honors. He lowered his ERA to 2.52 and his WHIP to 1.04. While he's not blowing anyone away with his fastball - just an average of 88 mph - he's spotting it and keeping hitters off balance.

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A.J. Griffin allowed just four hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings of work to lead Texas to a 7-4 win over the Astros and a sweep of their three game series. Griffin walked two and struck out six as he continues in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

Fantasy Impact: Griffin continues to impress in his comeback. He threw 108 pitches on the night, 71 for strikes and is doing a fine job holding down the fifth spot in the rotation for the Rangers.

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A.J. Griffin allowed three runs over six innings to lead the Texas Rangers to a 7-3 win over the Angels Friday. Griffin walked two and struck out one in his first start since September 24, 2013.

Fantasy Impact: The former Oakland A's prospect, who compiled a 21-11 record over two seasons with the A's, missed the last two years with Tommy John surgery. He had his struggles during the spring (1-2, 6.00 ERA), but the Rangers brass wanted to give him the chance to be the fifth starter. The Rangers had to designate Justin Ruggiano for assignment to add Griffin to the roster.

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