Puk (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. The club announced that Dr. Neal ElAttrache did the procedure in Los Angeles and that Puk will begin his lengthy rehabilitation Thursday. The 22-year-old had been dealing with a ligament issue in his elbow during the final week of spring training and will be forced to miss the entirety of this season, and the beginning of the 2019 campaign.
The A's announced Tuesday that Puk (elbow) has been recommended to undergo Tommy John surgery on his left arm, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports. The announcement follows Puk visiting Dr. James Andrews to receive a second opinion amid growing concerns about a ligament issue in his elbow, and the team's worst fears now appear to be a reality. The 2016 first-round pick -- who turns 23 in April -- was shut down March 21 with biceps soreness shortly after being reassigned to minor-league camp. Tommy John surgery would mean the end of Puk's 2018 season and also put in jeopardy his status for 2019.
Puk (biceps) is seeing doctors about a potential issue with the ligament in his elbow, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. Puk, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, was having an excellent spring and was considered to have an outside shot at making Oakland's Opening Day roster before being shut down with what was originally called biceps soreness. He had an MRI which revealed no structural damage and was expected to resume throwing soon, but the concern has apparently grown in recent days. Talk of elbow ligaments brings up the specter of Tommy John surgery, which would cost Puk his season.
Puk was shut down with biceps soreness Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Puk had an MRI, which revealed no structural damage. He's expected to resume throwing soon. Arm issues are never a good sign for a young pitcher, though there's no evidence yet that this particular one will be a threat to Puk's season. He was reassigned to Oakland's minor-league camp Sunday but is expected to join the big-league rotation at some point this summer. That timeline would be altered if Puk's injury turns out to be more serious than initially believed.
Puk (1-1), who allowed four earned runs on three hits and three walks while recording one strikeout in a 6-2 Cactus League loss to the Mariners on Thursday, may have seen his already-slim Opening Day roster chances take a hit with the performance, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Puk was facing long odds to break camp with the big-league club despite an impressive spring, as he's yet to pitch above the Double-A level. Thursday's effort may have simply cemented the inevitable, as Puk endured a marathon third inning where he gave up two singles and two walks over nearly 40 pitches. The towering lefty mainly concentrated on throwing his two-seam fastball as opposed to his four-seamer, which he's hit the upper 90s on the gun with on multiple occasions. "We know he has the ability to throw that pitch and strike people out," manager Bob Melvin said. "I think what I've been most impressed with this spring is he's been able to do it in other ways; just got away from him in the third inning."
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