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July 7, 2020 03:32 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Tests positive for coronavirus
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Luzardo tested positive for COVID-19, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Luzardo was missing from the first day of the Athletics' summer camp due to "pending issues," but he'll now miss time after it was reported Tuesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. It's unclear whether the 22-year-old is experiencing symptoms, but he'll have to self-isolate for 14 days and have two negative tests before MLB protocol allows him to return to the team.

July 5, 2020 07:24 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Not in camp due to 'pending issues'
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Luzardo has yet to report to the Athletics' summer camp due to "pending issues" according to manager Bob Melvin, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The young southpaw comes into 2020 with significant expectations, so his early absence from summer camp, which began Saturday for the Athletics, is especially noteworthy. Additionally, it's worth mentioning that the other member of the team's rotation currently missing from camp, Mike Fiers, worked out frequently with Luzardo in South Florida throughout the shutdown. Melvin did not provide any further details to reporters about either player, and he confirmed that Luzardo's issues, whatever they might be, do not affect the team's early-season rotation plans "at this point" while allowing that could change should the situation linger "a little bit longer."

July 3, 2020 11:16 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Should be free of innings limit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Luzardo, who was likely to have his workload closely monitored during a full 2020 season, should be free of any restrictions during the upcoming truncated campaign, Martin Gallegos of reports.

The left-handed phenom is set to enter his first full major-league season, and as such, he would have almost certainly been restricted in some form with respect to his cumulative workload over a 162-game season. With the campaign now slated to be just over a third of its normal length, Luzardo and his fantasy managers are likely able to breathe easy with respect to a workload cap, with the potential exception of the 22-year-old's first turn or two. The Athletics' coaching staff will have a better grasp on the current conditioning of Luzardo's arm when the team begins its summer camp Saturday.

May 15, 2020 03:44 AM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: To be free of innings restrictions?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Luzardo may avoid any cumulative innings limit during what would be an abbreviated 2020 regular season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

As a pitcher who would have been on an Opening Day big-league roster for the first time, Luzardo was almost certainly looking at an innings limit of some sort in a season of normal duration. However, with the 2020 campaign now projected to essentially be half of the usual 162 games, Slusser reports the Athletics will not have to necessarily be concerned with monitoring Luzardo's workload anywhere near as closely as they would have. The young left-hander had seemingly secured a spot in the rotation before spring training was suspended courtesy of the 1.08 ERA he generated across 8.1 Cactus League frames.

April 22, 2020 06:04 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Working out with Fiers
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Luzardo has been working out with veteran rotation mate Mike Fiers while spring training is suspended, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The promising southpaw raised the already lofty expectations he came into spring camp with by posting a 1.08 ERA across 8.1 Cactus League innings. The news Luzardo is closely interacting with a savvy veteran the caliber of Fiers is also encouraging, as the extended one-on-one instructional time could certainly pay significant dividends as early as this season.

April 3, 2020 12:12 AM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Performs like staff ace
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Luzardo, who generated a 1.08 ERA and 0.60 WHIP across three Cactus League starts before spring training was suspended, has the talent to ascend to the role of staff ace if he remains healthy, Jesse Sanchez and Martin Gallegos of report.

The supremely talented southpaw's spring was highly encouraging, as it served as an extension of the dominance he exhibited during his first taste of the big leagues at the tail end of last season. Luzardo won't open the 2020 regular season as the official ace of the staff in terms of his rotation slotting, as he's projected to serve as the Athletics' No. 4 starter; however, Gallegos notes Luzardo's arsenal of five plus pitches supports the franchise's belief the 22-year-old could anchor the rotation for "the next decade or so."

March 9, 2020 12:36 AM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Dominates in latest start
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Luzardo started a Cactus League win over the Mariners on Saturday, recording eight strikeouts over 3.1 innings while allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk.

As his final line indicates, the Mariners had few answers for Luzardo, whose only true blemish was a run-scoring double he allowed to Cal Raleigh in the second inning. Chris Haft of reports Luzardo frequently flummoxed the Mariners with a mix of sliders, curveballs and changeups alongside a fastball that consistently remained in the 96-97-mph range. Notably, the aforementioned two-bagger by Raleigh brought home the only run Luzardo has allowed through his first 8.1 spring innings, leaving him firmly in control of his destiny for a spot in the starting rotation to open the season.

February 26, 2020 08:48 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Breezes through spring debut
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Luzardo started Tuesday's Cactus League loss to the Padres, firing two scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit, no walks and recorded two strikeouts.

The promising southpaw consistently hit 95-97 mph with his fastball, Jesse Borek of reports, and he was able to retire the minimum number of batters after giving up a leadoff single. Luzardo made an immediate splash late last season out of the bullpen with his velocity and highly effective curveball, but he projects for the No. 4 slot in the starting rotation in 2020.

February 21, 2020 01:28 AM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Makes impression in live BP
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Luzardo caught the eye of manager Bob Melvin with his velocity during his first live batting practice session of spring Thursday, Martin Gallegos of reports.

The 22-year-old southpaw came into camp with high expectations after a brief but impressive big-league stint last season. Luzardo posted a 1.50 ERA and 0.87 WHIP across six appearances, and the fact he impressed on the radar gun while facing the trio of Sean Murphy, Jonah Heim and Collin Theroux serves as an encouraging first step in what the team hopes will be a breakout season. Luzardo averaged 96.4 mph on his fastball during his cup of coffee in the majors last season, the type of velocity that could make him one of the better back-end rotation pieces in all of baseball.

February 12, 2020 07:56 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Not on specific innings limit
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Luzardo won't be on a specific innings limit this season, Martin Gallegos of reports.

While this is undoubtedly good news, fantasy owners should be wary of overreacting here, as the lack of a specific number for Luzardo heading into the season doesn't mean the Athletics won't be watching his workload carefully. His 109.1 innings in 2018 represent his career high in that regard as a professional, and injuries limited him to just 58.0 frames last year. With better health, he should blow past the latter number this season, but don't expect him to suddenly be up among the league leaders in innings pitched.

September 29, 2019 12:12 AM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Nails down second save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 28, 2019 10:40 AM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Multi-inning appearance in win
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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.

September 25, 2019 12:28 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Another short relief outing
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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.

September 23, 2019 02:00 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Remaining in bullpen
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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.

September 23, 2019 11:08 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Works one frame in win
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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.

September 19, 2019 12:56 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Next appearance set
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Luzardo is slated to work multiple innings out of the bullpen in Friday's game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of 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.

September 17, 2019 02:56 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Postseason bullpen candidate
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Luzardo is a candidate to make the Athletics' postseason roster in a bullpen role, Martin Gallegos of 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.

September 15, 2019 08:36 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Earns first save in three innings
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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.

September 15, 2019 12:40 AM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Could get starting opportunity
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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.

September 14, 2019 12:52 PM
Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: To continue in 'piggyback' role
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Luzardo is most likely to continue logging multi-inning relief appearances during the balance of the regular season, Alyson Footer of 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.

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