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September 30, 2020 01:08 AM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Returns from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wendelken was activated from the injured list Tuesday and will be a part of Oakland's wild-card roster, Martin Gallegos of 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.

September 28, 2020 04:52 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Likely to join postseason roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 24, 2020 09:08 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Lands on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 14, 2020 04:00 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Strikes out side in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 9, 2020 12:48 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Takes loss in Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 31, 2020 02:32 AM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Riding scoreless streak
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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.

August 15, 2020 08:28 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Impressive in multi-inning outing
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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.

August 8, 2020 10:36 AM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Earns relief win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 29, 2020 01:20 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Strikes out side in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 7, 2020 12:12 AM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Highly regarded despite struggles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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."

September 19, 2019 10:32 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Earns win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 14, 2019 03:00 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Grabs victory in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 6, 2019 04:28 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Returns to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 16, 2019 04:24 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Quick stop with Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wendelken has been optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Wendelken pitched two strong innings against the Mariners on July 6, striking out four while not allowing a hit or a walk, but he hasn't pitched since and his spot was needed due to the A's recent acquisition of starter Homer Bailey. Wendelken will return to Las Vegas, where he's 4-1 with a 5.75 ERA and .294 opponents average in 20.1 innings this season.

July 7, 2019 12:48 AM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Returns to big leagues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wendelken was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, Daniel Kramer of reports.

It will be the third big-league stint of 2019 for Wendelken, who was most recently sent down to the Aviators on June 26. Wendelken is 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 23.2 innings (20 appearances). As he has in his pair of previous tours of duty with the Athletics, Wendelken will serve as bullpen depth in the middle innings for manager Bob Melvin.

June 26, 2019 03:08 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wendelken was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Wendelken was shuttled back to the minors to free up a roster spot for Wednesday's starter, Daniel Mengden, who was summoned from Triple-A. The 26-year-old Wendelken made just two appearances during his most recent stint with the A's, recording a walk and a strikeout across 2.2 scoreless innings.

June 21, 2019 06:32 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Surfaces in big leagues
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Wendelken was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Friday's game against the Rays, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The right-hander will take the roster spot of Frankie Montas, who was hit with an 80-game ban Friday after testing positive for PEDs. Wendelken has appeared in 18 games this season for Oakland out of the bullpen, accruing a 5.57 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 23 punchouts over 21 innings.

May 12, 2019 12:24 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Sent to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wendelken was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.

Wendelken will join the Aviators to make room on the major-league roster for Sunday's starter Daniel Mengden. The 26-year-old has a 5.57 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 23:6 K:BB over 21 innings for the Athletics this season.

March 20, 2019 01:12 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Strong start to season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wendelken fired two scoreless innings in a 9-7 loss to the Mariners in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday. He struck out two.

Wendelken picked up right where he left off last season, when he generated a minuscule 0.54 ERA and 0.78 WHIP across 16.2 innings over 13 appearances. The right-hander had endured a rough spring, however, posting a 14.54 ERA over 4.1 innings across five Cactus League outings. Therefore, Wednesday's performance was a welcome fresh start for Wendelken, who seems likely to fill a sizable, multi-inning role for manager Bob Melvin this season.

August 30, 2018 05:12 PM
Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Called up from minors
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Wendelken was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

Wendelken has appeared in five games for Oakland this season, logging a 1.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings of relief. He will provide a fresh arm out of the club's bullpen, but don't expect to see him in any high-leverage spots.

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