A.J. Griffin was sidelined for two seasons, you guys. Two years, wiped out. Griffin delivered a breakout campaign in 2013, winning 14 games for Oakland and striking out 171, but he required Tommy John surgery the following spring, then right shoulder issues limited him to only 14.1 minor league innings in 2015.
We wouldn't normally expect a pitcher with Griffin's deep injury history to return to fantasy relevance, but, well ... just look at the Wiffle nonsense he threw at Toronto's lineup on Monday.
Griffin struck out nine Blue Jays over six frames, holding a dangerous team to just three hits, two walks and one run. He had 'em flailing at non-strikes and generally looking mystified. Impressive stuff. Griffin is now 31 innings into his big league comeback, and he's allowed just eight earned runs (2.32 ERA) while striking out 26.
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