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A.J. Griffin throws 63 pitches in rehab start

Rehabbing starting pitcher A.J. Griffin threw 63 pitches over 3 innings for Frisco today

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Texas Rangers pitcher A.J. Griffin threw 63 pitches over 3 innings (plus two batters) in a rehab start for AA Frisco. Griffin's final line ended up being 3 IP, 5 hits, 2 walks, 3 Ks, and 2 runs allowed. He also had a wild pitch.

This was Griffin’s second rehab start. He went on the disabled list in early May due to shoulder soreness, and made his first rehab start last Thursday. He is expected to have at least a couple more rehab appearances before being a viable option to return to the major league rotation.

Griffin missed virtually all of 2014 and 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and so was likely going to be subject to inning limitations this season anyway, even before this injury. It remains to be seen whether Yu Darvish, who just went on the disabled list, will be back before Griffin is ready, or if Griffin will be replacing Darvish at some point in the next couple of weeks. If Darvish is back and the rest of the rotation is fine, the Rangers could look at Griffin in a relief role, or could option him to AAA to be stretched out and available as a starter.