Laureano (suspension) underwent core surgery to address a sports hernia Thursday. The surgery reportedly went well, and Laureano is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. He'll have some extra time to get up to full speed, however, as he'll miss approximately the first month of the season while finishing up a performance-enhancing drug suspension.
Laureano was suspended 80 games Friday after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. The Athletics have just 53 games remaining this season, so Laureano won't play again until roughly a month into the 2022 campaign. He'll also be ineligible to participate in the playoffs. The 27-year-old outfielder will finish the season having hit .246/.317/.443 with 14 homers and 12 steals in 88 games. His absence means that Stephen Piscotty, whose role was reduced after the Athletics acquired Starling Marte at the deadline, could be in line for more starts down the stretch. Seth Brown, who was optioned following the Marte trade, could be in line to return to the roster.
Laureano went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a stolen base Tuesday in the Athletics' 8-1 loss to the Padres. The stolen base was Laureano's first since July 10 and only his fourth since mid-April, after he went 8-for-9 on steal attempts through his first nine contests of the season. Laureano's decision to be more judicious with his running doesn't seem to be the result of an organizational philosophy; for instance, the newly acquired Starling Marte has collected five stolen bases in his first five games with Oakland. Instead, Laureano may just be running less frequently due to the Athletics deploying him in more of a run-producing role of late. He's hit fourth or fifth in the order in all but four of his last 12 starts, and he'll fill the cleanup spot again in Wednesday's series finale with the Padres.
Laureano went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a strikeout as the Athletics defeated the Angels, 4-0 on Thursday. Laureano brought home two runs with his first-inning double as part of a three-run inning but was frame, but he was otherwise in the game. The 27-year-old went 0-for-5 Wednesday but was 12-for-32 with a homer and three doubles over the previous eight contests.
Laureano went 3-for-4 with a double and a run in Oakland's 7-4 defeat to San Diego on Tuesday. Laureano singled in the first inning, singled and scored in the third and doubled in the fifth to record his first three-hit game since June 22. The extra-base hit was only his sixth of July, his lowest total of any full month, though the successful game Tuesday raised his average from .242 to .248.
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