A.J. Puk

#33 RP / Oakland Athletics / EXP: 1YRS / MINORS Height: 6-7 Weight: 225 lb Age: 26 College: Florida Bats/Throws -/-

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Seems to be settling down

    A.J. Puk hasn't allowed an earned run and has posted an 11:3 K:BB over the 10.1 innings covering his last six appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas,The one asterisk attached to that sample is noteworthy -- Puk actually yielded five runs July 3 against Sacramento, but none were earned. His other five appearances during that span have been completely scoreless, and with just a trio of free passes, the big left-hander at least seems to have gotten a temporary grip on his control problems. However, given he still carries a 7.31 ERA and 1.85 WHIP across 28.1 innings with the Aviators, it appears likely the A's will need to see a more extended stretch of effective pitching before considering a promotion.

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Scuffling in Triple-A

    A.J. Puk has pitched to a 1-2 record, 10.38 ERA and 1.92 WHIP across the 13 innings covering his eight appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas since being optioned May 28.Puk opened the season at the major-league level but made just one 3.1-inning appearance before suffering a biceps injury that kept him on the shelf for nearly two months. The big left-hander has given up multiple earned runs in six consecutive appearances with the Aviators, and he's forged a massive 5.5 BB/9 and 4.2 HR/9 over the entirety of his current stint in Las Vegas. With control such an obviously prevalent issue for Puk at the moment, it appears he has virtually no path for a promotion back to the Oakland Athletics at any point in the foreseeable future.

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Activated and optioned

    A.J. Puk (biceps) was activated off the injured list and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday.Puk made just a single relief appearance this season before hitting the injured list in early April with a strained left biceps. He's made five rehab appearances for Las Vegas but hasn't been close to convincing, allowing eight runs in five innings of work while giving up three homers. He'll continue to try to sort himself out as a regular member of Las Vegas' roster for now, but his upside remains high if he can stay healthy and rediscover his stuff.

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Second straight rough rehab outing

    A.J. Puk (biceps) allowed four earned runs on four hits over 1.1 innings while also recording four strikeouts in Triple-A Las Vegas' loss to Salt Lake on Tuesday.Puk allowed a two-run home run to Brennon Lund in the sixth inning and then opened the seventh by putting a pair of runners on that eventually came around to score after the left-hander had exited. Puk has now allowed seven runs over two innings covering his last two rehab appearances, although his four strikeouts Tuesday were a bright spot. It appears likely Puk will make at least one more appearance for the Aviators in an attempt to have him return to the majors with some momentum.

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Tuesday rehab appearance planned

    A.J. Puk (biceps) is scheduled to make another rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed to Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM Monday.There was a possibility the Athletics had seen enough from Puk over four appearances with the Aviators to deem him ready for activation, but after the left-hander gave up some hard contact in a rough outing Saturday versus Salt Lake, it appears the team wants to see if he can bounce back. Puk hasn't worked more than a single frame in any of his outings with Las Vegas, although he did throw 20 pitches in just two-thirds of an inning Saturday due to his struggles.

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Hit hard in latest rehab

    A.J. Puk (biceps) allowed three earned runs on four hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas against Salt Lake on Saturday.The left-hander gave up some hard contact to a couple of hitters with major-league experience in Luis Rengifo and Jo Adell, who tagged him for a double and a solo home run, respectively. Saturday's outing represented a test of sorts for Puk, as it came on the shortest amount of rest yet (two days) during his four-appearance rehab assignment. It remains to be seen if Puk's poor final line will play any role in the Oakland Athletics' decision on when to activate him, as he'd already put together three previous solid appearances for the Aviators.

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Flawless rehab effort

    A.J. Puk (biceps) fired a perfect inning in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over Salt Lake on Thursday, recording one strikeout.The left-hander's third rehab outing saw him get three outs on just nine pitches. Puk has produced scoreless efforts in two of his three appearances for the Aviators and could be deemed ready for activation at some point over the weekend.

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Another rehab appearance scheduled

    A.J. Puk (biceps) will pitch an inning for Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.The Oakland Athletics don't appear to be building Puk up for longer relief appearances, as his third rehab outing Thursday will be the same, one-inning length as the previous two. It's unclear whether Puk will require more rehab after Thursday or if he'll be ready for activation to the big-league roster.

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Takes loss in rehab appearance

    A.J. Puk (biceps) was charged with the loss in Triple-A Las Vegas' defeat at the hands of Reno on Friday, allowing an earned run on one hit over one inning while also recording a strikeout.Puk threw 10 of 17 pitches for strikes in what was his second rehab outing for the Aviators. The big left-hander is likely slated for at least a couple more appearances before activation is considered, with a potential bump in workload on tap forthcoming after Puk logged an inning apiece in each of his first two trips to the mound for Las Vegas.

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    Athletics' A.J. Puk: Requires multiple rehab outings

    Pitching coach Scott Emerson said A.J. Puk (biceps) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday and will need "a couple more outings" before returning from the injured list, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.The 26-year-old threw 20 pitches and recorded three strikeouts over a scoreless frame in his first rehab appearance Tuesday with the Aviators. Puk landed on the injured list after covering 3.1 innings during his season debut April 5, and he could return sometime next week if all goes well on the rehab stint.

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