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August 6, 2020 12:16 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Sent to alternate site
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Kaprielian was optioned to Oakland's alternate training site Thursday, John Hickey of reports.

The A's needed to trim the roster from 30 players to 28 on Thursday, and Kaprielian unfortunately gets dispatched without getting the opportunity to make his MLB debut. Manager Bob Melvin said the A's see Kaprielian as a potentially impactful long-term piece, but he has been limited to organizational depth duties so far this season. It's possible he could make a spot start later in the summer.

August 4, 2020 06:20 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Joins 30-man roster
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Kaprielian was recalled from the Athletics' alternate training site Tuesday.

Although Kaprielian began spring training in major-league camp, he's yet to appear in any regular-season games in the majors. He'll join the Athletics' bullpen to take the place of Jordan Weems (lat), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. The right-handed Kaprielian returned to the mound in 2019 after missing two seasons. He posted a 3.18 ERA and 75:16 K:BB over 68 innings across 19 appearances (16 starts) in the minors last year. Given the stability of Oakland's late-game arms, Kaprielian should pitch mainly in lower-leverage scenarios.

March 5, 2020 06:56 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Optioned to minors Thursday
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Kaprielian was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

The 26-year-old was one of six total Athletics pitchers removed from big-league camp Thursday. Kaprielian posted an impressive 1.63 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 26:8 K:BB across 27.2 innings (five starts) with Double-A Midland during 2019.

September 6, 2019 02:04 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Velocity back in mid-90s
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Kaprielian, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, hit 96 mph with his fastball and was sitting at 94 mph in a late-August start, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports.

Already 25 years old, Kaprielian had pitched just 29.1 professional innings prior to this season due to a variety of elbow and shoulder injuries. However, he has been excellent his season despite all the missed time, logging a 3.18 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 75:16 K:BB in 68 innings. He has been even better of late, posting a 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 29:5 K:BB in 28.2 innings over his last seven starts, including a four-inning outing where he gave up one run and struck out six in his Triple-A debut Sept. 1. He is on the 40-man roster and should figure prominently into the big-league rotation plans for 2020.

July 24, 2019 06:12 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Moves up to Double-A
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Kaprielian was promoted to Double-A Midland on Tuesday, High-A Stockton broadcaster Zack Bayrouty reports.

Kaprielian moves up after tossing 36.1 innings for High-A Stockton, his first innings since 2016 after two seasons lost to injuries. His 4.46 ERA in those innings wasn't particularly good, but both his 28.3 percent strikeout rate and 5.3 percent walk rate were strong.

May 21, 2019 10:52 AM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Gets back on mound
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Kaprielian (shoulder) fired two innings for High-A Stockton against Inland Empire on Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader that was eventually suspended due to weather, Martin Gallegos of reports.

It was a momentous outing for the 25-year-old, who was logging his first game action since 2016 after being besieged by injuries over the prior two seasons. Kaprielian presumably still has a lengthy road back to regaining his prior form after such an extended layoff, but the organization is expected to bring him along at the appropriate pace considering the amount of physical challenges he's endured. "We were concerned in spring training," manager Bob Melvin said. "There was a period of time where he just didn't feel very good. So the fact he's had good days recently and is performing in games is encouraging. This is a guy that was a big part of a big trade for us and we felt at some point in time, pretty quickly, he would be in the big leagues. He's got good stuff and finally consistently feeling good."

May 7, 2019 02:00 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Nearing 2019 debut
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Kaprielian (shoulder) threw three innings in an appearance at extended spring training Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Kaprielian missed the entire 2016 season with an elbow injury that ultimately required Tommy John surgery, which sidelined him for all of 2017. He was expected to resume pitching at some point in 2018, but that never materialized after he developed a shoulder injury last May. The shoulder issue reared its head again this spring and continues to delay Kaprielian's return to competitive action, but he finally looks to have nearly reached the finish line in his lengthy rehab program. He's expected to complete one more outing at the Athletics' spring training facility in Arizona before heading to a minor-league affiliate.

March 2, 2019 07:12 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Optioned to Triple-A
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Kaprielian (shoulder) was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, Jane Lee of reports.

Kaprielian won't open the season on the big-league roster, though that was true before this transaction. He's unlikely to open the year anywhere but the injured list, as he's yet to resume throwing after being shut down with a lat strain in mid-February. The Athletics will probably be happy for him to throw any innings at any level this season, something he hasn't done since 2016.

March 1, 2019 11:52 AM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Could be cleared soon
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Kaprielian (shoulder) hopes to be cleared to start throwing next week, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The injury bug returned for one of its favorite targets early this spring, as Kaprielian was shut down with a lat strain in mid-February. Though the pitcher framed recent developments as positive, he's already behind schedule, as more than two weeks have passed since he was originally shut down for what was supposed to be a two-week period. Kaprielian hasn't pitched in a game since 2016, so anything other than the worst-case scenario is indeed comparatively good news.

February 20, 2019 03:36 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Feels improvement in lat
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Kaprielian (shoulder) said that he isn't having any issues with his injured lat as of Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This is certainly encouraging news, though it should still be taken with caution given the prospect's injury history. Keprielian will be re-evaluated over the weekend with the hope of returning to throwing soon, which is roughly on track with the original two-week shutdown timetable issued last week.

February 13, 2019 02:00 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Shut down for two weeks
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Kaprielian was diagnosed with a lat strain Wednesday and will be shut down for two weeks, Jane Lee of reports.

Injuries are nothing new for Kaprielian, who hasn't thrown a pitch in a game since 2016. Compared to his previous issues, this one appears relatively minor, but it's still hard to be optimistic, given his history.

February 11, 2019 11:08 AM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Undergoing MRI
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Kaprielian will undergo an MRI for a sore lat Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Injuries have kept Kaprielian off the mound for two straight seasons. He believes the latest one was caught early and won't be a major issue, though the full details won't be known until the MRI is complete.

February 10, 2019 04:20 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Continues to be stymied by injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kaprielian suffered a setback with his previously injured shoulder and will be behind the other pitchers to start spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

It's unclear how the setback was incurred, but the oft-injured righty will start 2019 off on the wrong note nonetheless. This adds another poor chapter to his unfortunate professional career, as Kaprielian hasn't thrown in a game since 2016. No word has come forth as to when Kaprielian will get back on track with the other pitchers, though more information will likely come forth once he's able to progress further in his rehab program. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle also reports that Kaprielian will get an MRI on his shoulder to identify any potential issues, so more might be known after those results are disclosed.

November 20, 2018 09:40 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Protected from Rule 5 draft
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Kaprielian joined the Athletics' 40-man roster Tuesday.

Kaprielian missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2017, but his return to instructional league action in October and addition to the 40-man roster are good indications of his current health. The 24-year-old last pitched in the minors at High-A Tampa in 2016 -- before being traded from the Yankees to the A's -- and officially has only eight minor-league games under his belt.

October 6, 2018 01:00 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: In action with instructional league team
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Kaprielian (elbow) will pitch in an Instructional League game Friday, Jane Lee of reports.

Kaprielian didn't take the mound during the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April, but he appears to have gradually progressed since starting to play catch back in June. Though Oakland will continue to take it easy with the 24-year-old, he should be fully ready to go by the time spring training rolls around.

June 14, 2018 03:24 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Starts playing catch again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kaprielian (elbow, shoulder) began playing catch again earlier this week, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Kaprielian will be handled with care by the organization, considering he had Tommy John surgery in 2017. The 24-year-old right-hander had been throwing bullpen sessions as part of his rehab when he began feeling the shoulder discomfort that caused him to take time off from throwing. Kaprielian will presumably begin ramping his rehab back up slowly over the coming weeks.

May 16, 2018 07:32 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Dealing with shoulder soreness
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Kaprielian (elbow) is dealing with shoulder soreness, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Kaprielian's recovery from 2017 Tommy John surgery has been slowed after his shoulder started barking at him. He'll take some time off to let the soreness subside before resuming his rehab program. The 24-year-old prospect was originally hoping to join High-A Stockton by midseason.

April 7, 2018 11:04 AM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: On pace for midseason return
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Kaprielian (elbow) could join the rotation at High-A Stockton by midseason,'s Mike Rosenbaum reports.

This is excellent news for the promising right-hander, as it sounds like his rehab from April 2017 Tommy John surgery is going as planned. While he will head to High-A when healthy, Kaprielian is already 24 years old and is an advanced pitching prospect, so he could quickly move to Double-A. If everything goes smoothly, he could make his big-league debut in 2019.

August 1, 2017 01:00 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Will begin throwing in August
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Kaprielian will start a throwing program in August, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Kaprielian remains on track in his recovery from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in April. The A's are likely to be cautious with their new prospect's recovery, with general manager Billy Beane suggesting that the 23-year-old right-hander isn't expected to return to minor-league action until next May at the earliest, according to Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California.

July 31, 2017 03:20 PM
Athletics' James Kaprielian: Headed to Oakland
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The Yankees agreed to trade Kaprielian to the A's on Monday along with Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler in exchange for Sonny Gray, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Injuries have dimmed Kaprielian's prospect star considerably -- he battled elbow issues for roughly a year before ultimately undergoing Tommy John surgery in April -- but he has shown flashes of brilliance when on the mound with three plus pitches and strong command. While he's not too far off from resuming a throwing program, the A's figure to be cautious with his recovery, and thus a return to competitive action during the first few months of 2018 is not a lock.

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