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May 15, 2021 06:20 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Takes loss in rehab appearance
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Puk (biceps) was charged with the loss in Triple-A Las Vegas' defeat at the hands of Reno on Friday, allowing an earned run on one hit over one inning while also recording a strikeout.

Puk threw 10 of 17 pitches for strikes in what was his second rehab outing for the Aviators. The big left-hander is likely slated for at least a couple more appearances before activation is considered, with a potential bump in workload on tap forthcoming after Puk logged an inning apiece in each of his first two trips to the mound for Las Vegas.

May 12, 2021 10:48 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Requires multiple rehab outings
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Pitching coach Scott Emerson said Puk (biceps) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday and will need "a couple more outings" before returning from the injured list, Martin Gallegos of reports.

The 26-year-old threw 20 pitches and recorded three strikeouts over a scoreless frame in his first rehab appearance Tuesday with the Aviators. Puk landed on the injured list after covering 3.1 innings during his season debut April 5, and he could return sometime next week if all goes well on the rehab stint.

May 10, 2021 08:08 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Rehab assignment on tap
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Puk (biceps) faced live hitters Saturday in Las Vegas and could begin a rehab assignment sometime during the coming week, the Associated Press reports.

Puk's recovery has been on an upward trajectory of late, with the big left-hander throwing a bullpen session and facing live hitters on multiple occasions over the past several days. The rehab assignment would be the natural next step for Puk, who's been sidelined since April 8 after making just one regular-season appearance.

May 4, 2021 09:52 AM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Solid workload coming Tuesday
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Puk (biceps) is slated to throw 30 pitches over two simulated innings in the bullpen Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The recovering southpaw threw a bullpen session Saturday that he apparently got through without setbacks, so he'll ramp up the volume Tuesday. Puk's current tenure on the injured list dates all the way back to April 7, so he may still need at least a couple of other throwing sessions, if not a rehab appearance or two, before he's deemed ready for activation.

May 1, 2021 02:36 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Throws bullpen Saturday
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Puk (biceps) threw a bullpen session Saturday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Puk has been on the injured list since April 8, and the team will evaluate the southpaw Sunday to see how he responds to his most recent throwing session. The left-hander has made encouraging progress in his recovery so far, but it's not yet clear when he could return to game action.

April 24, 2021 01:08 AM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Return to throwing imminent
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Puk (biceps) is slated to resume throwing before the end of the weekend, the Associated Press reports.

The left-hander has been shut down from throwing for the last few days and has yet to start mound work since going on the injured list April 8. However, he had worked up to throwing from 90 feet off flat ground before his recent brief period of inactivity, so it remains to be seen exactly what Puk's expected restart will look like.

April 21, 2021 10:44 AM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Still no mound work
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Puk (biceps) has yet to resume throwing off a mound, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "He's feeling some lingering stuff going on there," manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday.

The A's won't ramp up Puk's throwing program until he is symptom-free, so he should be considered out indefinitely. Given his lengthy list of arm injuries since returning from Tommy John surgery, it seems unlikely that Oakland will ramp Puk up to a true starter's workload this season, even once he is fully healthy.

April 17, 2021 03:44 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Not yet throwing off mound
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Puk (biceps) hasn't yet thrown off a mound, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Puk started throwing from 90 feet recently, but he still doesn't have a timetable for his return since he hasn't gotten back on the mound. Manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that the team should have a better idea of Puk's return timetable once he throws a bullpen session. The left-hander has been sidelined since April 7 due to a left biceps strain.

April 16, 2021 10:08 AM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Throwing from 90 feet
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Puk (biceps) recently threw from 90 feet, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Puk's recent throwing session marked just his second since he was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left biceps strain April 7. Manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that Puk still doesn't have a timetable for his return, but it's encouraging to see the southpaw resume throwing.

April 10, 2021 01:48 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Will miss more than minimum time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Puk (biceps) will be out longer than the 10 days required by his placement on the injured list, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

It's still not clear how long Puk will be sidelined, but he has not yet resumed throwing, and manager Bob Melvin revealed he will miss more than 10 days of action.

April 8, 2021 03:40 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Puk was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left biceps, retroactive to April 7.

Puk had a strong performance in his first relief appearance of the season Monday, as he allowed one hit and three walks while striking out four in 3.1 innings. However, he apparently sustained an injury and will miss time as a result. It's not yet clear when Puk will be able to return to game action, but right-hander Deolis Guerra's contract was selected by Oakland in a corresponding move.

April 6, 2021 04:56 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Stellar in long relief
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Puk, recalled from the team's alternate training sit earlier Monday, fired 3.1 scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and three walks as well as throwing a wild pitch while recording four strikeouts in a loss to the Dodgers.

Starter Frankie Montas was chased after 2.2 innings, leaving manager Bob Melvin in a potential hole after Athletics relievers had already worked 16.2 frames through the first four games. Enter Puk, whose stretched-out arm came in extremely handy, as he notched nine outs on 65 pitches. While the left-hander wasn't anywhere near his sharpest, his ability to handle multiple innings enabled him to serve as a bridge to the seventh in another blowout defeat for Oakland.

April 5, 2021 08:20 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Promoted to majors
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Puk was recalled from Oakland's alternate training site Monday.

Puk was unable to crack the Opening Day roster, but he'll get his chance in the majors early in the 2021 campaign. He finished with a 3.18 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with a 13:5 K:BB across 11.1 innings a season ago. Puk will take the roster spot of Chad Pinder (knee), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.

April 1, 2021 10:32 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Won't break camp in big leagues
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Puk was optioned to the Athletics' alternate training site Thursday.

Puk appeared to have a chance to break camp in the starting rotation due to Mike Fiers' hip injury, but both he and Daulton Jefferies were sent to the alternate site. That seemingly leaves Cole Irvin as the fifth starter to begin the year. Puk appeared to also be in contention for a bullpen role, but he hasn't won that job either. It seems as though the Athletics will carefully manage his innings this season.

March 29, 2021 02:00 AM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Dazzles in Saturday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Puk fired four scoreless, one-hit innings in a Cactus League win over the Rangers on Saturday, recording three strikeouts.

After struggling enough with his command Monday against the Diamondbacks that manager Bob Melvin expressed concern afterwards, Puk came up big in his final chance to audition for the Athletics' open rotation spot. Martin Gallegos of reports Puk worked up to 41 efficient pitches over his four frames, while all three of his strikeouts were of the swinging variety despite his fastball still averaging no more than 94 mph. The reduced velocity may be an ongoing concern, but Puk expressed confidence Saturday in his ability to handle whatever role he opens the season in with his existing repertoire.

March 23, 2021 10:44 AM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Struggles with command
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Manager Bob Melvin said that Puk's struggles with command concerned him during Monday's outing, Martin Gallegos of reports.

Puk's velocity has been down during spring training, topping out at 92-93 mph in his last outing. However, Melvin was less concerned about the speed of Puk's pitches and more alarmed by his inability to hit his spots. Puk worked 1.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks. With Mike Fiers (hip) unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Puk is a candidate for the rotation to start the season, though Daulton Jefferies and Cole Irvin have outpitched him thus far.

March 18, 2021 10:32 AM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Satisfied despite velocity drop
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Puk, who made his Cactus League debut in a win over the Royals on Wednesday, came away satisifed with his two-inning outing despite his velocity topping out at 92-93 mph, Martin Gallegos of reports. "I'm just getting back into it," Puk said. "Maybe I'll get the velocity fully back. Maybe not. I'm more concerned about just going out there and feeling good, which I am. My shoulder is feeling strong and healthy."

The big left-hander allowed a two-run homer in the first inning. However, Puk also recorded four strikeouts -- three of them on swinging third strikes -- while utilizing his two-seam fastball, slider and curveball. Manager Bob Melvin echoed his pitcher by putting the the low-90s velocity in perspective, noting that Puk's 6-foot-7 frame makes his power pitch intimidating even at reduced speed because how close he gets to the plate by the end of his delivery.

March 16, 2021 11:40 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Wednesday start confirmed
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Puk will start Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Royals and is expected to throw 45-50 pitches, Martin Gallegos of reports.

This confirms a Monday report that indicated matters were trending in this direction for Puk, whose velocity and breaking ball both stood out in a Saturday sim game. The urgency to get the big left-hander stretched out has gone up a notch, considering he's the leading candidate to take Mike Fiers' (hip) place in the starting rotation to open the season if the veteran is sidelined as expected.

March 15, 2021 08:48 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Spring debut possible Wednesday
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Puk, who Martin Gallegos of relayed Sunday could be a top candidate to open the season as the No. 5 starter, is likely to make his Cactus League debut Wednesday, Gallegos separately reports.

Puk threw 30 pitches in a simulated game Saturday and reportedly impressed with his velocity and a sharp breaking ball, and he's now in the midst of a three-day rest period. That lines him up for a potential spring debut against the Royals on Wednesday, an outing in which he'd begin the ramp-up process to potentially serve in the capacity of an opener or conventional starter early in the season if Mike Fiers (hip) is sidelined.

March 15, 2021 03:16 PM
Athletics' A.J. Puk: Could get rotation look
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Manager Bob Melvin suggested Sunday that Puk will be the top candidate to begin the season as the Athletics' fifth starter if Mike Fiers (hip) is placed on the injured list, Martin Gallegos of reports.

With Fiers having yet to pitch in a game this spring and now expected to be shut down for a few days after receiving an injection to address inflammation in his hip, his chances of being ready for Opening Day are growing increasingly dimmer. Puk would at least present the Athletics with a high-upside replacement, so long as he can get enough innings under his belt this spring for Melvin to feel comfortable deploying him in a starting role. If Puk's workload is still a concern for coming out of spring training, the Athletics could choose to deploy him as more of an opener or primary pitcher when Fiers' turn in the rotation is due. Daulton Jefferies and Cole Irvin are other candidates to step in as a fifth starter if Oakland prefers to keep Puk in the bullpen.

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