The Texas Rangers have placed right-handed pitcher A.J. Griffin on the 10-day disabled list with gout in his left ankle. Griffin was scheduled to start for Texas on Saturday, but will now miss his turn in the rotation.
Griffin has made 3 starts so far during the 2017 season, posting a 2-0 record with a 4.11 ERA. In his 15.1 innings of work, he has totaled 16 strikeouts. In the small sample size to begin the year, he is on average walking 1 less batter per nine innings than he did in 2016. Through his first 3 starts, he owns a 0.85 WHIP.
His first year with the Rangers came in 2016, when he made 23 starts for the club. He went 7-4 with a 5.07 ERA, with his ERA skyrocketing in the second half. Over the 10 starts he made prior to the All-Star break, he posted a 3.81 ERA while allowing 7 home runs in 52 innings. In his final 13 starts, he owned a 6.04 ERA, yielding 21 home runs in his final 67 innings.
Griffin missed two seasons of major league action as he recovered from Tommy John Surgery. He debuted with the Oakland Athletics in 2012, making 15 starts as a rookie and going 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA.
The following season, he had his first full year at the major league level, making 32 starts and going 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA as he touched the 200-inning mark. The home run issue popped up again that season, as he led the majors in home runs allowed (36).
After the 2015 year, Griffin was released by Oakland, signing a minor-league contract with the Rangers in December 2015.