Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks in three-plus innings Tuesday morning in his second rehab start for Double A Frisco at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Griffin struck out three. He threw 59 pitches in the first three innings but went back out for the fourth before allowing a run on two singles. He was taken out at 63 pitches. He was on a pitch limit of 65. He’s expected to make one or two rehab starts before rejoining the Rangers.
“Not bad for an 11 a.m. start,” said Griffin, who has been on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness since May 8. “I felt loose, I felt stronger. There was nothing really in the back of my mind and letting them go pretty good. This past week has felt a little bit more clean and fluid and easy to throw so I feel like we’re taking huge steps in the right direction and be ready to go soon.”
Four of the five hits he allowed were singles. The lone extra-base hit was a fly ball misplayed into a double by left-fielder Evan Van Hoosier in the second inning. After a 10-pitch, 1-2-3-3 first inning, Griffin threw 25 pitches in the second.
“My control was decent,” he said. “I felt like I could compete the way I need to compete to get people out and I’m taking good things away from this one.”