A.J. Griffin, Jeff Banister address Griffin's shoulder issue
Putting A.J. Griffin on the disabled list wasn’t necessarily an inevitability after he came up with shoulder stiffness Saturday, but the Texas Rangers wanted to take the cautious route with the right-hander.
Griffin hit the 15-day DL on Sunday morning after it was determined that he would have to miss his next scheduled start Friday. With the virtue of an off day Thursday, Griffin could have returned May 17 at Oakland, but instead the Rangers will use a spot starter there and hope Griffin can return as early as May 23.
If he needs more time than the minimum stay, right-hander Yu Darvish would eventually fill that spot.
Given his history plus the number of innings he’s thrown and pitches, let’s allow this thing to settle down. I don’t think our concern level is any more heightened than it was yesterday.
Manager Jeff Banister on A.J. Griffin
First up, though, is a visit Monday with Dr. Keith Meister to determine the extend of Griffin’s shoulder injury.
“It’s pretty sore today, but that was to be expected,” Griffin said. “We’ve got to take it day by day and get it checked out and make sure that we do what we’ve go to do to get it back.”
Griffin, who missed the past two seasons with elbow and shoulder injuries, said that he couldn’t get extension on his pitches and noticed a velocity dip before he exited Saturday after 2 2/3 innings. Anthony Ranaudo replace him and got his first win with the Rangers, who rallied from a 5-2 deficit to a 10-5 win.
Left-hander Alex Claudio, who was optioned Saturday to make room for Drew Stubbs, was recalled from Triple A Round Rock for Griffin. Actually, Claudio was recalled from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, where he had just arrived to fly back to Texas before getting called back to Comerica Park.
Under MLB rules, a player who is optioned can be recalled within the 10-day required stay in the minors if he is taking the place of an injured player. Claudio gave the Rangers an extra arm for Sunday after they used five relievers Saturday.