Luzardo gave up one hit and hit a batter in two scoreless innings Saturday against the Mariners en route to his second save of the season. He struck out three.
Luzardo made things somewhat interesting with two outs in the ninth, allowing a single to Tom Murphy, uncorking a wild pitch and then plunking Dylan Moore. However, he then got Tim Lopes to pop out to end the threat and secure a 1-0 victory. Liam Hendriks is still the closer heading into the postseason, but Luzardo has pitched exceedingly well since his callup and it's clear manager Bob Melvin already has a great deal of faith in the young lefty.
Luzardo struck out three over two perfect innings to earn his second hold in a win over the Mariners on Thursday.
The left-handed phenom breezed through his pair of frames on 22 pitches, recording multiple strikeouts for the fifth time in as many big-league appearances. Thursday saw Luzardo take the hill with the shortest amount of time between appearances yet, as he'd just logged an inning (20 pitches) against the Angels on Tuesday. It also marked his return to multi-inning work following back-to-back single-frame turns. Factoring in the unblemished performance against Seattle, Luzardo now has a 1.80 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 13:3 K:BB, one save and two holds across his first 10 big-league innings.
Luzardo fired a scoreless sixth inning in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday, allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts.
The southpaw got a fairly hefty workload in for just one frame, as he ultimately fired 20 pitches. Manager Bob Melvin has now deployed Luzardo for back-to-back one-inning appearances despite some earlier talk the Athletics would continue stretching the 21-year-old out. However, with the team fighting for a playoff berth, it appears Oakland's skipper is engaged in the delicate balancing act of affording the rookie fairly consistent work while also utilizing the rest of his bullpen in a manner that gives the team the highest chances of success.
Manager Bob Melvin confirmed Sunday that Luzardo will remain in the bullpen for the final week of the regular season, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The young southpaw has logged three appearances since his callup thus far and impressed with a 2.57 ERA and 8:3 K:BB across seven frames. Although Luzardo's arm is sufficiently stretched out from his time in the minors, Melvin apparently plans to continue deploying him in a variety of roles out of the bullpen as the Athletics continue their quest to solidify a postseason spot.
Luzardo worked a scoreless seventh inning in a win over the Rangers on Saturday, issuing a walk while recording two strikeouts.
The rookie was originally slated to work multiple innings Friday behind Mike Fiers, but the Athletics' co-ace ended up spinning an eight-inning masterpiece in his start. Luzardo thus got into action Saturday for the first time since last Sunday, and due to some modest control issues, he ended up with a 19-pitch workload despite working just one inning. Through three appearances, the 21-year-old owns a solid 2.57 ERA and has recorded a hold and a save apiece.
Luzardo is slated to work multiple innings out of the bullpen in Friday's game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Luzardo has been impressive through his first two big-league outings and last took the hill Sunday against the Rangers, a game in which he earned his first save. The Athletics have previously stated they want to stretch out Luzardo even further than the three innings he's logged in each of his first two appearances, so he could be in for a bump in that workload Friday in a piggyback role behind Mike Fiers.
Luzardo is a candidate to make the Athletics' postseason roster in a bullpen role, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The left-handed phenom has hit the ground running at the big-league level with six strong innings over his first two appearances, and there's even a chance he draws a spot start in place of Mike Fiers (arm) this coming Saturday if the veteran is unable to take his scheduled turn. However, in terms of the playoffs, Luzardo would almost certainly profile as a multi-inning relief asset for manager Bob Melvin. While it initially appeared roster limitations might squeeze Luzardo out of a postseason opportunity, the increasingly likelihood that Stephen Piscotty (ankle) may not be ready to suit up for a first-round playoff series opens a potential path for the rookie.
Luzardo gave up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four through three innings to earn the save in a 6-1 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Luzardo had a ridiculous 10 swinging strikes on only 47 pitches and posted a nice performance to record his first three-inning save. Luzardo has been impressive so far and could be in line to get a start this week. The 21-year-old has a 3.00 ERA and a 6:2 K:BB through two appearances this season.
Luzardo could get a chance to start after Mike Fiers left Saturday's game against the Rangers with nerve irritation, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Luzardo was used in a multi-inning relief role in his only big-league appearance to date. The Athletics don't necessarily need to replace Fiers in the rotation any time soon, as they've been going with a six-man rotation lately and have off days coming up Thursday and the following Monday. Still, the team could be looking for an excuse to see what Luzardo can do as a starter, so there's a chance he's given an opportunity.
Luzardo is most likely to continue logging multi-inning relief appearances during the balance of the regular season, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports. "I think he's comfortable doing the piggyback thing," manager Bob Melvin said. "It's kind of like starting, it's just starting a little bit later. The way our guys are pitching right now, I don't think we try to jam anything in there, just to try to get him a start, at least at this point."
Luzardo's next trip to the mound won't come until Sunday at the earliest according to Melvin, and it appears the left-handed phenom's first chance at a conventional start may not come until 2020. Luzardo could certainly be a valuable middle-relief asset for Melvin down the stretch this season if his first appearance is any indication, as the 21-year-old was impressive while allowing just one hit, a solo home run, over three innings versus the Astros last Wednesday in his big-league debut.
Luzardo, who logged three innings and recorded a hold in his major-league debut Wednesday against the Astros, will ideally be stretched out further over what remains of the season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The left-handed phenom acquitted himself well in long relief against a potent Astros lineup his first time out, and manager Bob Melvin emphasized he'd like to see Luzardo log even more extensive workloads as the final two-plus weeks of the regular season unfold. Luzardo is a starter by trade, although Wednesday's piggybacking role wasn't unfamiliar since the 21-year-old had also been deployed in that fashion during his time in the minors. Melvin's comments certainly imply there's at least a possibility for one conventional start for Luzardo before the campaign concludes, and Slusser separately reports the southpaw even has a chance at a spot on a potential postseason roster if Stephen Piscotty (ankle) remains on the injured list into the playoffs. According to Martin Gallegos of MLB.com, Luzardo's next outing won't come until at least Sunday.
Luzardo made his big-league debut Wednesday, allowing a run on one hit over three innings of relief while striking out two to record his first career hold in a 5-3 win over the Astros.
Oakland's top pitching prospect served up a solo shot to Martin Maldonado in his first inning of work, but Luzardo settled down nicely after that and provided a strong bridge to closer Liam Hendriks, popping 97 mph with his fastball and mixing in a slider and changeup. Luzardo will continue to pitch in relief down the stretch, likely in high-leverage spots as the A's try to secure a wild-card berth, but his future lies in the rotation -- the young lefty could be the club's ace as soon as next summer.
Luzardo won't be available to pitch until Wednesday against the Astros, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Luzardo was officially promoted to the big leagues Monday, though Oakland won't give him an opportunity to make his major-league debut until Wednesday at the earliest, considering he tossed 5.2 innings Friday for Triple-A Las Vegas. The prospect is expected to be used out of the bullpen during his stint in the majors, though he could draw the occasional start, per Rubin.
Luzardo was officially called up as expected Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The highly-rated pitching prospect seemed to have a good chance to break camp with the Athletics, but an ill-timed shoulder injury wound up keeping him off a mound until mid-June. He recorded strong numbers in seven starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, recording a 3.19 ERA in the hitters' paradise of the Pacific Coast League while striking out 26.0 percent of opposing hitters and walking just 6.1 percent. On talent alone, he has a case as already the Athletics' best starting pitcher, but the team's rotation is pitching well at the moment, so he'll reportedly be used as a multi-inning high-leverage relief weapon for now, limiting his fantasy upside.
Manager Bob Melvin told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Luzardo, who is expected to be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of Monday's series opener in Houston, would likely work out of the Oakland bullpen initially. "The way our starters have been pitching I don't feel the need to have [Luzardo] start a game," Melvin said.
Melvin acknowledged that while Luzardo is stretched out and ready to handle a starter's workload, the strong results the team has received lately from the likes of Sean Manaea, Homer Bailey and Chris Bassitt lessens the need for Oakland to break the 21-year-old into the rotation, which already includes six pitchers. While Luzardo would probably represent an upgrade over some of the back-end rotation options, Melvin believes the flame-throwing lefty can provide plenty of value out of the bullpen down the stretch, likely as a multi-inning reliever. Oakland has yet to find any consistently reliable relief arms beyond closer Liam Hendriks, so Luzardo could immediately get a look as a high-leverage, late-inning stopper in the mold of the Brewers' Josh Hader in 2018.
Luzardo's contract will be selected from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The top left-handed pitching prospect in the minors, Luzardo has been fully stretched out at Triple-A and is ready to give the big-league rotation a boost as the A's look to win one of the two American League wild-card spots. He logged a 3.19 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 31 innings across seven appearances at Triple-A. Luzardo will join the A's on Monday in Houston. Brett Anderson seems like the most likely starter to get bumped from the rotation. Luzardo last pitched Friday, so he lines up to slot into the rotation Wednesday in a tough matchup against the Astros.
Luzardo, who recorded seven strikeouts over 5.2 innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Las Vegas in its playoff win over Sacramento on Friday, is fully stretched out and ready for a promotion if the Athletics' front office opts to move forward, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Luzardo worked up to 91 pitches in Friday's win and has eclipsed the 90-pitch mark in back-to-back outings. The talented southpaw has also whiffed 17 batters over 11.2 innings in that pair of outings, so his swing-and-miss stuff appears to be in fine form as well. There isn't a spot in Oakland's starting rotation readily available at the moment, but the organization may still opt to give Luzardo his first taste of the big leagues during the stretch run.
Luzardo will start Game 3 of Triple-A Las Vegas' playoff series against Sacramento, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The promising southpaw wrapped up the Aviators' regular season with some momentum, as he mowed down 10 Tacoma Rainiers over six innings Friday. Luzardo still has a chance to log big-league innings this season after Las Vegas' postseason run concludes.
Luzardo struck out 10 and allowed one earned run on six hits over six innings in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over Tacoma on Friday.
Luzardo worked up to 93 pitches overall, so Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports he's not expected to be included in the first wave of callups upon roster expansion Sunday. However, the promising southpaw appears to be completely over the lat injury that previously plagued him, and his dominant outing Friday corroborates that he's regained his stride at the Triple-A level following a rocky return to action with the Aviators four starts ago.
Luzardo fired 4.2 scoreless innings for Triple-A Las Vegas in a win over Tacoma on Sunday, allowing three hits, three walks and uncorking a wild pitch while striking out four.
It was the second straight encouraging outing of 4.2 innings in length for Luzardo following his activation from the injured list. The promising southpaw stretched out to 84 pitches, building his arm up for a likely big-league stint this September once rosters expand.
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