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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Gets cortisone shot

    Tarnok (hip) recently received a cortisone injection and could progress to pitching off a mound next week, the Associated Press reports.

    Tarnok recently received an MRI, and the cortisone shot may have been the prescribed method of treatment that emerged from that evaluation. The fact the right-hander appears to be trending towards starting a throwing program is encouraging for the time being, but Tarnok still appears to be some time away from getting into any action with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he's slated to begin his season.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: MRI on tap

    Tarnok is slated for an MRI on his hip after feeling discomfort during a recent bullpen session, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Tarnok is already on the injured list and slated to start his 2024 season at Triple-A Las Vegas whenever he's ready for game action. However, that benchmark now appears to be even further away, given this latest development. The results of Tarnok's MRI should be available in the coming days, potentially offering further insight into a recovery timetable.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Officially hits injured list

    The Athletics placed Tarnok (hip) on the 15-day injured list Thursday.

    Tarnok's placement on the IL was expected after he was shut down from throwing in early March due to inflammation in his surgically repaired right hip. Manager Mark Kotsay has already confirmed Tarnok will begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas when he's healthy. The right-hander logged 14.2 innings across five appearances (one start) with the Athletics last season and is expected to see time in the majors during the 2024 campaign.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Will begin season at Triple-A

    Tarnok (hip), who threw a 20-pitch, all-fastballs bullpen session Tuesday, is set to begin the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, reports.

    Manager Mark Kotsay confirmed Wednesday that Tarnok will open the season with the Aviators, although the move has yet to be made official. Tarnok's next bullpen session will therefore come in minor-league camp, and if he continues without setbacks, he could be ready to join the major-league club before the end of April.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Shut down after setback

    Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said Wednesday that Tarnok is currently shut down after having a setback with his surgically repaired right hip, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Tarnok had surgery last August and entered camp behind schedule. He has yet to appear in a Cactus League game, and now that he's experienced a setback, Tarnok looks like a virtual lock to begin the season on the injured list. Once healthy, Tarnok could be a candidate to join the Oakland rotation.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Behind after hip surgery

    Tarnok (hip) is a bit behind schedule at the beginning of Athletics camp, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Tarnok needed surgery on his right hip last August and will be eased into things this spring. The 25-year-old will be in the mix for a spot in Oakland's rotation once he's ready to roll, although a trip back to Triple-A Las Vegas to knock some rust off at the start of 2024 seems likely.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Sent to 60-day IL

    The Athletics transferred Tarnok (hip) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Sunday.

    Tarnok underwent surgery on his right hip in late August, effectively ending his season. As such, the move to the 60-day injured list doesn't affect Tarnok's timeline for a return, though it creates an open spot on the 28-man active roster for Joe Boyle, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of his scheduled start Sunday versus the Padres.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Undergoes hip surgery

    Tarnok underwent surgery on his right hip Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Tarnok was placed on the IL on Aug. 14 due to a calf strain, but surgery on his hip will end up putting an end to his season. The 24-year-old righty put up a 4.91 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across 14.2 innings in his first season with the A's and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in 2024.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Diagnosed with calf strain

    Tarnok is dealing with a Grade 2 right calf strain, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Tarnok was placed on the 15-day injured list earlier Tuesday, and the reason for his deactivation is now known. Manager Mark Kotsay said Tarnok will be shut down in the interim, so the rookie looks set to miss more time than the minimum 15 days.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Lands on injured list

    Tarnok (undisclosed) was placed on the 15-day injured list Monday.

    Tarnok appeared set to make another start for Oakland, but he will instead spend at least a couple weeks on the injured list. It's unclear what is ailing him, so a precise target date for his return is uncertain.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Gets another turn through rotation

    Tarnok is listed as the Athletics' probable starting pitcher for Tuesday's game in St. Louis.

    The Athletics could end up changing course and deploy Tarnok behind an opener, but the 24-year-old right-hander at least appears to be locked into a rotation spot for the time being. After going 2.2 innings in his first career start July 26, Tarnok has worked in bulk relief in his last two appearances, covering 2.1 innings on Aug. 1 and four scoreless frames this past Wednesday. Tarnok tossed 69 pitches his last time out, and while he's still likely to have a workload restriction in place to some degree Tuesday, he should be stretched out enough to reach the five innings he would need to qualify for a win if used as a starter.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Brilliant in bulk-relief role

    Tarnok (1-1) got the win against the Rangers on Wednesday, firing four scoreless innings during which he allowed two hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts.

    Tarnok came in following two scoreless frames from opener Austin Pruitt and continued the surprising domination of a potent Rangers lineup with his quartet of solid innings. The right-hander still struggled with efficiency -- only 39 of his 69 pitches landed for strikes -- but the outing was by far the best of Tarnok's five this season and was the first in which he didn't allow any runs. His pitch count also served as a new high-water mark, and although Tarnok could well continue to frequently appear in a bulk-reliever role, it's certainly possible he also gets a conventional start or two before season's end.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Working in bulk role Wednesday

    Tarnok will serve as the primary pitcher for the Athletics on Wednesday against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    The Athletics will likely deploy an opener in front of him, but Tarnok is slated to work multiple innings Wednesday and profiles as the Oakland pitcher most likely to factor into any decision. The 24-year-old right-hander has posted a 6.75 ERA and 10:9 K:BB through 10.2 major-league frames this season. He looks like he could get a spin in the No. 5 spot in the rotation after Oakland recently demoted Hogan Harris to Triple-A Las Vegas.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Pitches to contact as opener

    Tarnok served as the opener in Wednesday's loss to the Giants and allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over 2.2 innings. He struck out four and uncorked a wild pitch.

    Tarnok took the next step in his 2023 acclimation process after a significantly delayed debut due to a shoulder strain, but he turned in an uneven performance. The right-hander needed 49 pitches to record eight outs, and only 29 of those offerings found the strike zone. Tarnok worked himself into trouble early as well, surrendering a two-run home run to J.D. Davis in the first inning that set the stage for the ragged outing. The fact Tarnok got the call as an opener following a pair of relief appearances to open the season could be indicative of a potential rotation audition down the road, but manager Mark Kotsay likely wants to see the 24-year-old get his feet under him a bit more before going that route.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Opening Wednesday

    Tarnok will serve as an opener for the Athletics on Wednesday in San Francisco, Sonja Chen of reports.

    He hasn't pitched in nearly a week and went three innings in that appearance, so it could be more of a piggyback with Hogan Harris rather than a traditional opener/bulk reliever situation. Tarnok has allowed three runs and walked five over 5.2 frames with the A's this season.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Works in long relief

    Tarnok worked three relief innings in Thursday's loss to the Astros, allowing an earned run on a solo home run and issuing two walks. He struck out one and also uncorked a wild pitch.

    Tarnok's one key mistake was the solo home run he allowed to Alex Bregman in the ninth inning. Otherwise, the right-hander navigated some control issues and finished with 51 pitches over his trio of frames. Tarnok appears ticketed for at least a handful more multi-inning relief outings before potentially getting a shot in the rotation later this summer.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Takes loss in season debut

    Tarnok (0-1) worked out of the bullpen and was the pitcher of record in Saturday's 10-7 loss to the Twins after allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks over 2.2 innings. He struck out two.

    Making his Athletics debut, Tarnok was entrusted with preserving a 7-7 tie when he entered with one out in the sixth inning, but he eventually stumbled by allowing a two-out solo home run to Kyle Farmer in the following frame. A two-out bases-loaded walk issued to Byron Buxton in the eighth inning then accounted for the second run on Tarnok's ledger, saddling him with the loss. Due to his poor control, Tarnok needed 63 pitches just to record his seven outs, but the hefty workload seemingly dispelled any doubts about the strength of his previously strained shoulder. The 24-year-old could be in line for more long-relief assignments in the immediate future, but his experience as a starter at the minor-league level also makes him a rotation option should the Athletics look to move on from Hogan Harris, Ken Waldichuk or Luis Medina.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Back in big leagues

    Tarnok was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of Friday's game against the Twins.

    Tarnok has been working as a starter at Triple-A, logging a 2.12 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a 9:9 K:BB in 17 innings over his four most recent outings. The 24-year-old righty could work in tandem with a lefty like Ken Waldichuk, but it's not initially clear when the former will make his first MLB appearance of the year and whether it will be as a starter or long reliever.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Activated and optioned

    Tarnok (shoulder) was activated off the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

    Tarnok had been out all season while dealing with a strained shoulder. He's made four starts for Las Vegas while on a rehab assignment, recording a 1.84 ERA despite an 8:10 K:BB. He'll remain in Triple-A as a regular member of the roster but could be an option for an A's rotation that lacks proven talent at some point in the second half.

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  • Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Solid in latest rehab start

    Tarnok (shoulder), who dealt with a blister issue after his June 29 rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas, allowed an earned run on three hits and four walks over four innings during the Aviators' loss to Round Rock on Monday.

    Tarnok appeared to be hitting on all cylinders physically even though he had some control issues, which actually served to boost his pitch count to 78. The right-hander has issued four free passes apiece in each of his last two rehab starts, but otherwise, he appears to be ready for possible activation before or during the All-Star break.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Brandon, FL
Age: 25
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R