A.J. Puk

#31 SP / Oakland Athletics / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-7 Weight: 238 lb Age: 24 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    • Puk (elbow), who recorded two strikeouts and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks across two innings in High-A Stockton's win over San Jose on Friday, is projected to make his major-league debut sometime in August, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. The towering left-hander owns a 6.00 ERA across six innings over three rehab starts thus far, although he's also logged an impressive nine strikeouts over that stretch. Puk is expected to make stops at both the Double-A and Triple-A levels during his rehab assignment, and he's likely to be utilized out of the bullpen upon activation before converting back to a starter in 2020.

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    • Puk (elbow) who allowed an earned run on a solo home run over two innings in High-A Stockton's win over Modesto on Sunday, is likely to remain with the Ports for at least one more start, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Puk has pitched two innings apiece in his first pair of rehab outings following Tommy John surgery and has hit 97 mph regularly with his fastball. The promising left-hander could be a candidate for the big-league bullpen upon activation, but for the time being, he'll likely move his rehab to the upper levels of the minors after his next start with the Ports.

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    • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Solid in first rehab start
      By RotoWire Staff

      Puk (elbow) started High-A Stockton's win over San Jose on Tuesday, recording four strikeouts while allowing an earned run on a solo home run across two innings. He also issued one walk. Puk fired a total of 33 pitches, 22 of which found the strike zone. Outside of his one costly mistake, Puk was sharp for a pitcher who'd last seen game action in mid-March 2018. The left-hander is slated for multiple rehab outings before activation, at which point he could make his big-league debut in the Athletics' bullpen if recent comments from big-league manager Bob Melvin hold true.

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    • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Scheduled for High-A start
      By RotoWire Staff

      Puk (elbow) will start for High-A Stockton on Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It will be Puk's first time pitching in a competitive setting since he underwent Tommy John surgery roughly 14 months ago. The lefty will be followed in Tuesday's game by another rehabbing arm in Jesus Luzardo. Manager Bob Melvin recently suggested Puk could work out of the major-league bullpen later in the season. "The guys who had Tommy John, yeah, there's some serious thought to that, to be able to use their innings and not lose them very quickly," Melvin said.

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    • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Could be candidate for bullpen
      By RotoWire Staff

      Manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that Puk (elbow) could work out of the Athletics bullpen once he's reached the finish line in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "The guys who had Tommy John, yeah, there's some serious thought to that, to be able to use their innings and not lose them very quickly," Melvin said of Puk and Jharel Cotton. "That's being bantered about, yes." Regardless of whether he's deployed as a starter or reliever upon being formally activated, Puk will have an undisclosed innings cap in place coming off the major arm operation. Puk is still viewed as a potential high-ceiling rotation piece for the big club down the road, but the desire to prioritize his health coupled with the fact that he has yet to pitch above the Double-A level might provide sufficient reason for the organization to ease him into big-league action once he's deemed ready.

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