A. J. Griffin SP OAK 1 day ago

Griffin (elbow) will throw one 20-pitch inning in his first simulated game Monday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Griffin continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery, but still remains over a month away from his return. Fortunately, he's making a steady progress, and will take another step forward Monday.

A. J. Griffin SP OAK 1 week ago

Griffin (elbow) will throw to hitters Saturday morning, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Griffin began incorporating all of his pitches into his bullpen sessions a little over two weeks ago, and is now set to face live hitters for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. It marks an important step in his recovery, but keep in mind that Griffin is still less than a year removed from the procedure and the team will likely want him to throw several live sessions before even thinking about a rehab assignment.

A. J. Griffin SP OAK 4 weeks ago

Griffin (elbow) will throw all of his pitches in a side session Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

This marks the first time he will use his full repertoire in his return from Tommy John surgery, which is a pretty big step. The A's have a lot of starting pitching depth, and will be able to allow Griffin to move at his own pace in his recovery. In leagues where there are several DL spots, Griffin is a worthwhile stash to start the season.

A. J. Griffin SP OAK 1 month ago

Griffin (elbow) threw a 30-pitch side session Tuesday consisting of fastballs and changeups, and also tossed 10 breaking balls with the catcher moved up, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Slowly but surely, Griffin is building strength in his surgically-repaired right arm. Griffin was still restricted to throwing his breaking balls on flat ground early in March, so Tuesday's session marks another step in his progression. He is still less than 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery.

A. J. Griffin SP OAK 2 months ago

Griffin (elbow) threw 35 pitches off of a mound Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Griffin, who remains on track to return in June, threw fastballs and changeups off the mound, while tossing curveballs on flat ground. He continues to progress in his recovery without issue.

A. J. Griffin SP OAK 2 months ago

Griffin (elbow) was placed on the 60-Day DL on Friday, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com.

Griffin is not expected back until June, so this appears to be more of a roster space move by the A's rather than any kind of setback. Griffin has been throwing side sessions in spring training and is making good progress by all accounts.

A. J. Griffin SP OAK 2 months ago

Griffin has thrown three side sessions already this spring, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.Griffin has thrown only fastballs in his three sessions, but plans to incorporate change-ups next week. Griffin is not expected to be with the A's until June, but does appear to be progressing well so far in his return from Tommy John surgery.

A. J. Griffin SP OAK 2 months ago

Griffin will throw off a mound Tuesday, the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey reports.

He is anticipated to return to the A's in June, and could replace one of Oakland's younger arms at that point. There are players who will miss time that are worth stashing -- like Jose Fernandez -- but Griffin is not quite of that caliber, unless your league has DL spots.

A. J. Griffin SP OAK 2 months ago

Griffin (elbow) is currently projected to return to the A's in June, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com.

Griffin is pleased with his progression and will begin throwing bullpen sessions this week, but is clearly a decent ways away from contributing to the A's, even assuming no setbacks. It remains to be seen what Griffin will slide into when he does return, but the A's will likely monitor his workload very closely no matter the role.

A. J. Griffin SP OAK 3 months ago

Griffin (elbow) is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

Griffin will be about 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery when the 2015 regular season kicks off, but recovery from the procedure typically takes at least a year, so it should not come as a big surprise if he is not ready for the beginning of the season. Griffin will likely join the Oakland's rotation at some point in 2015, but it remains to be seen how much longer he will need to recover from his elbow injury.