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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
48-27 8-2 W3
36-38 5-5 L1
37-41 5-5 W1
37-41 8-2 W3
25-53 2-8 L4

2022 Pitching

STATS W
Wins
L
Losses
ERA
Earned Run Average
SO
Strikeouts
BB
Base on Balls (Walk)
WHIP
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 1 1 2.53 31 7 1.06

Top A.J. Puk News

  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Takes first loss Monday

    Puk (1-1) was charged with the loss against the Yankees on Monday, allowing three runs (two earned) on one hit and a hit batsman over one-third of an inning.

    Puk's rollercoaster of an appearance began when he plunked the first batter he faced, Anthony Rizzo, to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton subsequently reached on a catcher's interference to plate DJ LeMahieu and Puk then conceded a two-run double to Josh Donaldson before exiting. The rocky outing was an extension of a rough patch for the left-hander, who's now given up at least one run in three of the last four appearances to raise his ERA and WHIP from 1.65 and 0.99 to 2.73 and 1.11, respectively.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Sloppy in blown save

    Puk allowed two inherited runners to score on two walks and two wild pitches, taking a blown save in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Mariners. He pitched one-third of an inning.

    While the runs and the loss went on Zach Jackson's line, Puk was very clearly responsible. Both walks and wild pitches he gave up came with two outs, and the southpaw's struggles are highlighted by the fact he threw only seven of 17 pitches for strikes. Through nine outings in June, Puk has allowed three runs, seven hits, three hit batters and two walks in 8.2 innings. He still has a 1.91 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 28.1 innings overall, but the shaky showing Thursday wasn't a great first audition for more save chances with Dany Jimenez (shoulder) on the injured list.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Scored on in second straight outing

    Puk allowed an earned run on a solo home run over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Astros on Monday.

    Facing Yordan Alvarez in a same-handed matchup in the eighth inning, Puk conceded a 444-foot solo shot to right center that accounted for the final run of the afternoon. Puk still carries an excellent 1.37 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, but he's now notably given up an earned run in both of his last two outings after going 12 straight appearances without being scored on from April 14 to May 23.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Notches third hold Friday

    Puk recorded his third hold in a win over the Angels on Friday, firing a perfect eighth inning during which he recorded two strikeouts.

    Puk served as a bridge to Dany Jimenez in the ninth with an efficient 13-pitch frame that saw him get nine offerings into the strike zone. The towering southpaw has left a mostly miserable 2021 in the dust, posting one victory and the trio of holds alongside an 0.52 ERA and 0.81 WHIP over 17.1 innings across 13 appearances.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Gets first win Thursday

    Puk (1-0) was credited with the win in a victory over the Tigers on Thursday, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout over two scoreless innings.

    The big left-hander's successful run as a reliever continued in fine fashion Thursday, with Puk's pair of scoreless frames lowering his ERA to 0.60. After a disappointing 2021 at both the Triple-A and big-league levels, he appears to have found his groove in the bullpen thanks in no small part to greatly improved control and a career-best 1.8 BB/9.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Cruising as reliever

    Puk, who fired two scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and recorded four strikeouts in a loss to the Guardians on Friday, now has an 0.96 ERA and 0.86 WHIP across his first six appearances.

    The big left-hander may have found his home as a member of the bullpen for the time being, as he's allowed just one earned run across 9.1 innings while posting an 11:2 K:BB. Puk has logged four appearances of more than one inning -- including three of two frames apiece -- and he's encouragingly displayed much better control than he did during two prior big-league stints.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Reinstated from COVID-19 IL

    Puk (undisclosed) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Puk was moved to the COVID-19 injured list Monday after he was on the restricted list for the Athletics' weekend series in Toronto. However, he'll rejoin the bullpen ahead of Wednesday's game against the Orioles. In his first three appearances of the season, the southpaw has allowed a run on three hits and a walk while striking out five in four innings.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Shifts to COVID-19 IL

    Puk (undisclosed) was transferred to the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

    Puk was placed on the restricted list for the series in Toronto this past weekend, potentially because he's unvaccinated and couldn't travel to Canada, and he'll now move to the COVID-19 IL. It's unclear if the 27-year-old tested positive for the virus, but he'll remain away from the team for the time being.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Lands on restricted list

    Puk (undisclosed) was placed on the restricted list ahead of Friday's series opener at Toronto, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Teams can use the restricted list for players who are unvaccinated and unable to travel to Canada, and it appears Puk falls into that category. Zach Logue and Ryan Castellani have been added to the big-league roster for bullpen depth for this weekend.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Solid multi-inning effort

    Puk allowed an earned run on two hits over two innings in a win over the Rays on Monday. He struck out three.

    The left-hander had logged a scoreless inning Saturday against the Phillies in his season debut, and although he yielded an RBI single to Ji-Man Choi in the eighth inning Monday, he was solid overall during his 37-pitch outing. Following a difficult 12-appearance stint in 2021 and a similarly rough Cactus League experience this spring, Puk has encouragingly fashioned a 3.00 ERA and 5:1 K:BB across three frames in his first pair of regular-season outings.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Scoreless frame in season debut

    Puk fired a scoreless seventh inning in a loss to the Phillies on Saturday, allowing a walk and recording two strikeouts.

    Puk threw 20 pitches during his one frame, and he labored a bit while getting just 11 of 20 pitches into the strike zone. However, the left-hander escaped unscathed, certainly a welcome start to his season after a spring in which he produced a 6.52 ERA across six appearances. Puk will likely continue to draw mostly low-leverage assignments until and unless he can prove trustworthy over an extended period.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Starting season in bullpen

    Puk will open the season as one of three left-handers in the Athletics' bullpen, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    There'd been some talk from manager Mark Kotsay about Puk possibly being back in play for a rotation spot in the immediate wake of Sean Manaea's trade to the Padres. However, with Adam Oller having secured the No. 5 role in the rotation to start the season and James Kaprielian (shoulder) expected to be available by the end of the month, Puk is back to opening the 2022 campaign in the bullpen, where he'll look to start putting an uneven spring that saw him generate a 6.52 ERA across 9.2 innings over six appearances behind him.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Rotation spot may be back in play

    Puk was mentioned by manager Mark Kotsay as still being a candidate for the starting rotation in the wake of Sean Manaea's trade to the Padres on Sunday, Scott Bordow of MLB.com reports.

    Puk seemed destined to start the season in the bullpen prior to Sunday, but with Oakland's projected No. 2 starter now off the roster, it seems the big left-hander will at least be given a chance to benefit from the domino effect of the move. However, Puk, who's posted a 7.27 ERA over 8.2 innings across five appearances this spring, will have plenty of competition, considering Paul Blackburn and Adam Oller are also in the mix for back-end spots and James Kaprielian (shoulder) is expected to return by the end of April, Gallegos separately reports.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Bound for bullpen

    The Athletics plan to have Puk open the season as a member of their bullpen, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Durability concerns have been the main reason why Puk has yet to make an MLB start, but after reporting to spring training healthy, he was expected to compete for a back-end spot in the Oakland rotation. At some point during the spring, the Athletics scrapped those plans, as all four of Puk's appearances to date have come as a reliever. He's tossed exactly two frames in each of his last three Cactus League appearances, a usage pattern that could signal that the Athletics envision him serving as a multi-inning fireman out of the bullpen. Though that role likely wouldn't put Puk in the mix for consistent save chances, he could have some fantasy value in deeper leagues as a ratio stabilizer if he can find a way to keep his walks in check. He hasn't shown the ability to do that so far in spring training, as he's issued six free passes over 6.2 innings.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Struggles again Saturday

    Puk allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks across two innings in a Cactus League loss to the Guardians on Saturday. He struck out two.

    The big left-hander is being given an opportunity to secure a rotation spot on the rebuilding Athletics, but he was the fourth pitcher in Saturday. Puk has now sandwiched a pair of concerning outings -- he also gave up two earned runs on two hits in just two-thirds of an inning in his Cactus League debut against the Angels on March 18 -- around the scoreless pair of frames he threw versus the Royals on Tuesday. If he's unable to demonstrate appreciably better form in whatever opportunities he has remaining prior to the regular season, Puk appears destined to start 2022 in the bullpen or back in Triple-A Las Vegas.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Stretching out to start

    Puk will be stretched out this spring and given a shot to win a rotation spot, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

    Puk's undeniable talent earned him the sixth-overall selection in the 2016 draft, but injuries have so far prevented him from living up to expectations. The 26-year-old lefty has only thrown 24.2 major-league innings, all of which have come in relief, and his 4.74 ERA isn't particularly good. It looked as though his clearest path to fantasy relevance may have been through fully committing to the bullpen and eventually pushing for the closer job, but it now appears as though he could have a chance at a starting role. The Athletics will likely need as much rotation help as they can get, as they've already traded Chris Bassitt to the Mets and could potentially deal Frankie Montas and Sean Manaea as well.

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  • Athletics' A.J. Puk: Sent down Wednesday

    Puk was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday.

    Puk was charged with two losses since the beginning of September, and he gave up five runs in 1.1 innings across three appearances since then. He'll attempt to get back on track with the minor-league club, while right-hander Miguel Romero was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN
Age: 27
School: Florida
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, L