Wendelken (oblique) remains without a firm timetable for his return, the Associated Press reports.
The reliever went on the injured list Sunday and appears to be making very deliberate progress. Manager Bob Melvin confirmed as much Thursday, noting "obliques are tough, he's just getting treatment."
The Athletics placed Wendelken on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left oblique strain.
Right-handed reliever Jordan Weems was summoned from the alternate site to replace Wendelken, who had been filling a setup role for Oakland. Over his 15 appearances for the Athletics spanning 12.1 innings, Wendelken posted a 4.38 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 14:5 K:BB.
Wendelken recorded his second hold in a win over the Orioles on Friday, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout over a scoreless eighth inning.
Wendelken got in and out of the eighth frame in a flash, needing just 10 pitches to record three outs. The 28-year-old right-hander has had just one real hiccup on the season -- he gave up two earned runs over just two-thirds of an inning to the Diamondbacks on April 12 -- but he's otherwise yielded just one other earned run in the nine innings covering his 11 other appearances.
Wendelken owns a 3.00 ERA and 4:4 K:BB across the three innings covering his first five appearances.
The veteran has unsurprisingly been put to work frequently by manager Bob Melvin, who called on Wendelken a combined 48 times over the previous two seasons. The 28-year-old may have earned himself an even greater opportunity by putting together a career-best 1.80 ERA and recording 31 strikeouts over 25 innings last season, but the fact he rarely even sees hold opportunities caps his fantasy value.
Wendelken (personal) is on the Athletics' Opening Day roster.
Wendelken had been away for a few days due to the birth of his child, but he's back with the team now. He could be in the mix for early saves with Trevor Rosenthal sidelined with a shoulder issue, though he won't necessarily be the favorite.
Wendelken is away from the team following the birth of his child, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Wendelken will miss Oakland's final three Cactus League games while he's away from the team, but he'll rejoin the Athletics for their workout day ahead of Opening Day. The right-hander made seven spring appearances and posted a 7.11 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 6.1 innings. He shouldn't miss time to begin the regular season and is expected to be relied upon frequently in 2021.
Wendelken, who posted a 1.80 ERA and career-best 29.2 percent strikeout rate across 21 appearances last season, will be relied upon frequently again in 2021, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The right-hander logged the second-most innings in the Athletics bullpen behind former closer Liam Hendriks in 2020, and he led all Oakland relievers in batters faced while holding them to a minuscule .546 OPS. Wendelken also stranded 16 of the MLB-high 24 inherited runners he faced with the help of a slider that he deployed more frequently than ever and against which hitters managed just a .115 slugging percentage. "Going into this year, we have that much more faith in him, and he makes our bullpen a lot better when you bring in the type of guys we have here recently and still have a guy like J.B. that can kind of pitch those middle innings -- if someone's in the setup role, he can do that," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's got postseason experience now. He's a bona fide big leaguer now."
Wendelken was activated from the injured list Tuesday and will be a part of Oakland's wild-card roster, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Wendelken landed on the injured list for undisclosed reasons Thursday. He cruised to a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings of relief this season.
The Athletics are expected to activate Wendelken (undisclosed) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's postseason opener versus the White Sox, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Since Wendelken was placed on the IL on Sept. 24, the fact that he's a candidate to return earlier than the minimum 10 days suggests his absence is COVID-19-related, though that doesn't necessarily mean he tested positive for the coronavirus. In any case, Wendelken's availability for the wild-card round would give the Athletics another quality right-handed options to counter the slew of impressive righty bats in the Chicago lineup. Wendelken held same-handed hitters to a .175/.226/.246 slash line this season and finished with a 1.80 ERA and 1.12 WHIP overall across 25 innings.
Wendelken (undisclosed) was placed on the injured list Thursday.
This is tough news for both Wendelken and the Athletics, as the right-hander has been an important part of Oakland's excellent bullpen this season. The A's have not disclosed what type of injury the 27-year-old is dealing with or the length of the IL stint. If it's a 10-day stint, he will be out at least through the first round of the playoffs as well as the beginning of the division series should the A's advance. Right-hander James Kaprielian was recalled to take his roster spot.
Wendelken struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning during a loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
Wendelken's line underscores how locked in he was, as does the fact he impressively got 14 of his 17 pitches into the strike zone. The 27-year-old reliever hasn't allowed an earned run since Aug. 10, a span of 11 appearances, with the only time he's been scored upon in that stretch the result of a sacrifice fly after a Vimael Machin error against the Astros on Tuesday.
Wendelken (1-1) allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk while striking out two over two innings in a loss to the Astros in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader.
Wendelken got through the sixth inning cleanly, but loaded the bases with a walk, a single and an error from shortstop Vimael Machin in the seventh. Yuli Gurriel's sacrifice fly was enough to leave Wendelken with a tough loss. He's had a strong season overall, with a 1.45 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 22:6 K:BB across 18.2 innings.
Wendelken, who allowed one hit and recorded three strikeouts during a scoreless inning in a loss to the Astros during the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, has now put together six straight scoreless appearances.
The right-hander has been largely effective all season, having surrendered an earned run in just one of his 12 appearances. Wendelken owns an impressive 17:5 K:BB across 13.1 innings overall, and his strong work is simply an extension of what he'd provided the Athletics bullpen over the prior two seasons. After a rough rookie campaign in 2017 (9.95 ERA, 2.13 WHIP over 12.2 innings), Wendelken bounced back to post a 3-1 record, two holds, a 2.56 ERA and a 48:14 K:BB across 49.1 innings over the 2018-19 seasons.
Wendelken fired 2.2 scoreless innings in an extra-inning win over the Giants on Friday. He allowed one hit and zero walks while striking out three.
The veteran reliever's performance turned out to be pivotal to the Athletics' win, as Wendelken saved manager Bob Melvin from having to go even deeper into his bullpen than he ultimately did following a 3.1-inning outing by starter Jesus Luzardo. Wendelken took over for the young southpaw with one out in the fourth and served as a bridge to Lou Trivino in the sixth, preventing further damage after San Francisco had jumped out to a 5-0 lead. The scoreless effort was important for Wendelken on an individual level as well, as he'd allowed three earned runs over just two-thirds of an inning to the Angels in his prior appearance Monday.
Wendelken (1-0) earned the win Friday against the Astros. He allowed one unearned run on two hits and one walk while walking one in three innings.
Wendelken did an excellent job in relief for the Athletics, pitching the final three innings of the game and limiting the damage to just three baserunners and one unearned run. He is yet to allow an earned run in five appearances this season, fanning six and walking two across six innings.
Wendelken fired a scoreless ninth inning in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday, allowing a hit, uncorking a wild pitch and recording three strikeouts.
It was a bit of an eventful inning for the right-handed reliever, who ended up facing five hitters after allowing Daniel Murphy to reach safely by uncorking a wild pitch on a strikeout and then surrendering a double to Ryan McMahon. However, Wendelken impressively wiggled out of trouble with back-to-back whiffs to end the inning in what was only his second appearance of the season. The 27-year-old has been an effective middle-relief piece for manager Bob Melvin the last two seasons in particular, logging 49.1 innings across 40 appearances during that span.
Wendelken generated a 6.75 ERA across 5.1 innings over five Cactus League appearances before spring training was suspended.
The 27-year-old right-hander was a solid component of the bullpen in the middle innings last season, posting a 3.58 ERA and 0.92 WHIP across 32.2 innings over 27 appearances. As his spring line indicates, Wendelken generally had a rough go of it in Cactus League play; however, that did little to dampen manager Bob Melvin's faith in the reliever, who boasts an impressive arsenal of pitches that includes a 95 mph fastball and a 94 mph sinker, Shayna Rubin of The Mercury News reports. "He's got plus stuff. He would have to pitch his way off the team," Melvin said. "He's showed, at times, here that he could be a back-end of the bullpen guy in some point in time."
Wendelken (3-1) earned the win Wednesday after holding the Royals scoreless with two strikeouts across 1.1 innings. He allowed one hit and two walks.
Wendelken came into a scoreless game tasked with generating the final out of the 10th inning and did so by punching out Cheslor Cuthbert. The right-hander returned in the 11th, allowing a leadoff single to Bubba Starling. After intentionally walking Whit Merrifield, Wendelken loaded the bases by walking Adalberto Mondesi, but luckily, he struck out Jorge Soler to end the frame. A game-winning RBI double by Matt Canha in the bottom of the inning gifted Wendelken and the A's with a hard-fought win. Wendelken now owns a 3.66 ERA and 0.94 WHIP across 22 appearances this season.
Wendelken (2-1) was credited with the win in a victory over the Rangers on Friday, firing three perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts.
The right-handed reliever's sparkling performance was an especially welcome sight after starter Chris Bassitt labored through three innings (72 pitches). Wendelken has shuttled between the minors and majors on multiple occasions this season, and he boasts a six-appearance scoreless streak in the majors that dates back to May 9.
Wendelken was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday.
Wendelken hasn't pitched in the majors since before the All-Star break, but he'll return to the team with Yusmeiro Petit (personal) unavailable this weekend. Wendelken has a 4.56 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 28:7 K:BB through 25.2 big-league innings this season.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/01||vs BAL||L 4-8||1.0||3||2||0||0|
|04/27||@ TB||L 3-4||1.0||3||1||0||1|
|04/24||@ BAL||W 7-2||0.2||0||0||0||0|
|04/23||@ BAL||W 3-1||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|04/21||vs MIN||W 13-12||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|04/18||vs DET||W 3-2||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/17||vs DET||W 7-0||1.0||1||0||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||R-Gcl Red Sox||21.1||13||0||0||2||0||2||28||3||11||1.28||0.663|
|2019||AAA-Las Vegas Aviators||38.2||30||1||0||6||3||3||43||19||47||5.65||1.728|