A.J. Puk

#31 SP / Oakland Athletics / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-7 Weight: 238 lb Age: 23 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Ready for mound work
      By RotoWire Staff

      Puk (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Puk and Jharel Cotton (elbow) have both been cleared for mound work to begin the spring as the two hurlers work back from Tommy John surgery. Of the two, Puk appears to be the quicker healer, given that he's at the same place as Cotton in his rehab despite undergoing the elbow procedure one month later in 2018. Prior to requiring surgery last April, Puk was viewed as Oakland's top pitching prospect and was on track to earn a look in the big-league rotation, so he'll offer plenty of intrigue if he incurs no significant setbacks over the next few months. The Athletics are tentatively tabbing him for a mid-summer return and may have no qualms about bringing him on to the 25-man roster if he excels during what will likely be an extended minor-league rehab assignment.

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    • Puk (elbow) is hoping to return around the midway point of the 2019 season, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports. Puk underwent Tommy John surgery in April of 2018. No word of a setback has come forth, so it seems like the Athletics are simply setting a conservative timetable for their highly touted pitching prospect. More information regarding an exact return date will likely come forth as Puk progresses further in his rehab program.

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    • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Undergoes successful surgery
      By RotoWire Staff

      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.

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    • 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.

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    • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Potential elbow ligament issue
      By RotoWire Staff

      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.

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