Luzardo (finger) played light catch from 60 feet Saturday, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Luzardo is still considered week-to-week, but he resumed throwing Saturday. He'll get an X-ray at the end of next week, and he could progress to mound work afterward if everything checks out well. Luzardo could return to game action by the end of the month if he remains on track in his recovery.
The Athletics placed Luzardo on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a fractured left pinkie finger.
According to Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle, Luzardo suffered the injury prior to his start Saturday against the Orioles, when he bumped his pitching hand while playing a video game. After Luzardo was roughed up for six runs (three earned) over three innings Saturday, he was sent in for an X-ray, which revealed a hairline fracture. Regardless of whether or not surgery is required on the injured finger, Luzardo appears destined to be on the shelf for longer than the 10-day minimum, depriving the Athletics of one of their top starters. Mike Fiers is expected to stick in the rotation as the No. 5 starter for the duration of Luzardo's absence.
Luzardo (1-3) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Orioles after allowing six runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while fanning one across three innings.
Luzardo failed to pitch more than three innings for the second time this season and has been struggling massively -- this was also the second time he ended with more walks than strikeouts. The left-hander, who has given up three or more earned runs in four of his six appearances to date, owns a 5.79 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP in 28 innings (six starts) so far.
Luzardo (1-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight in 6.2 innings to take the loss against the Orioles on Sunday.
Luzardo picked up his first win of the season in his last outing, but the left-hander allowed Austin Hays to homer in the second and fourth innings Sunday and was charged with the loss as a result. Through his first five starts of the season, Luzardo has posted a 5.40 ERA and 29:10 K:BB in 25 innings. He'll get another chance to face the Orioles at home Friday.
Luzardo (1-1) recorded the win in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Twins, scattering two hits and a walk over 5.1 scoreless innings while striking out six.
It was the best outing of the season for the young southpaw, who fired an impressive 44 of 65 pitches for strikes before exiting the game. Luzardo still has a 5.89 ERA through 18.1 innings and hasn't been allowed to go too deep into any games yet, but his 21:8 K:BB highlights his upside. He's next set to take the mound Sunday in Baltimore.
Luzardo will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Twins, Alex Coffey of The Athletic reports.
Luzardo was scheduled to start Monday, but the contest was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. He'll aim to get back on track after allowing five runs in two of his first three starts of the 2021 campaign.
Luzardo and the A's won't play the Twins on Monday since the game was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, Megan Ryan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
It's the third straight postponement for Minnesota as the organization continues to conduct additional testing and contact tracing after reporting multiple positive tests for the virus. The contest could be made up via a doubleheader Tuesday, and Luzardo figures to start one of those games if a twin bill is finalized.
Luzardo gave up five runs on six hits and two walks across 2.2 innings during Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Diamondbacks. He had one strikeout and didn't factor into the decision.
The 23-year-old delivered a scoreless first inning but was unable to get through three frames in the desert Tuesday. However, he was taken off the hook for the loss when the A's rallied for six runs across the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Luzardo has allowed 12 runs on 19 hits with a 15:7 K:BB over 13 innings through his first three starts of the season.
Luzardo hurled 5.1 innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision.
Luzardo deserves a fair amount of credit for limiting a potent Dodgers lineup to two runs over his 5.1 frames, but he threw an inefficient 104 pitches and yielded four free passes. Three of those walks came in the first inning, and Luzardo was able to somewhat settle down after giving up a run in that frame. Through two contests, the southpaw has racked up 14 strikeouts over 10.1 innings; however, he also given up 13 hits and seven earned runs. His next outing is scheduled for Tuesday at Arizona.
Luzardo (0-1) gave up five earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out eight in five innings against the Astros on Friday. He took the loss.
The Astros seemed to either be striking out or getting a hit off the young southpaw in this one. He logged scoreless frames in the first, second and fifth innings but gave up a three-run homer to Alex Bregman in the third and a solo shot to Yuli Gurriel followed by a Michael Brantley RBI double in the fourth. The Astros didn't seem to have much trouble squaring up Luzardo's four-seamer in this one, according to Melissa Lockard of The Athletic. He will take the hill Wednesday at home against the Dodgers.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed that Luzardo would start the team's second game of the season Friday against the Astros, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Luzardo was left off the Athletics' Cactus League pitching schedule this weekend, instead making his final start of the spring in a simulated game Saturday. With Melvin indicating that Luzardo came out of the outing without incident, the lefty should be ready to handle a fairly normal workload in his 2021 debut. Over his three official spring starts, Luzardo gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks while striking out 11 in 10.2 innings.
Luzardo fired 4.1 scoreless innings in a Cactus League tie with the Diamondbacks on Monday, allowing three hits and a walk while recording three strikeouts.
Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports Luzardo stuck mostly to fastballs and changeups while getting into the fifth inning, which the young left-hander labeled "huge." Luzardo has now put together scoreless efforts in two of his three spring starts; his final tune-up for the regular season could come in a simulated game, according to manager Bob Melvin.
Luzardo allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits, a walk and a wild pitch across 2.1 innings in a Cactus League loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. He struck out three.
The left-hander was taken deep by Ketel Marte in the second inning as part of a forgettable outing overall, one that was in sharp contrast to the four scoreless frames he managed in his spring debut Thursday. Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports Luzardo primarily blamed pitch selection and location for his troubles Tuesday, which also included a trio of doubles in addition to the aforementioned solo homer. "I threw a couple of changeups to Cabrera and Escobar and it looked like they were expecting it," Luzardo said. "I just have to make better pitches. I have to throw more offspeed pitches for strikes."
Luzardo fired four scoreless innings in a Cactus League win over the Rangers on Thursday, allowing no hits and two walks while recording five strikeouts.
The Athletics have been deliberate about breaking in the members of their starting rotation this spring, so Thursday marked Luzardo's first outing. The final line certainly speaks to the left-hander's dominance, and Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports Luzardo unveiled a new looping 65 mph breaking ball that he got a called third strike on. "He's very understanding of what he needs to work on," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He's worked this spring on throwing two different kinds of breaking balls to try to add a four-pitch mix, so if one isn't working then he still has three pitches."
Luzardo made a strong impression during his first time facing live hitters Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The young left-hander has been looking forward to demonstrating some offseason improvements he made to his breaking ball, but Luzardo went to his tried-and-true heater on his first pitch to a hitter this spring and clocked 98 mph on the radar gun. Gallegos reports Luzardo went on to generate several swings and misses during what was a 30-pitch outing, prompting manager Bob Melvin to marvel at how good the 23-year-old looked right from the jump.
Luzardo worked on improving multiple aspects of his game during the offseason, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Despite putting together a rookie season that included a No. 2 ranking among first-year pitchers in strikeouts (59 over 59 innings) and a 3-2 record, the relentless Luzardo was far from satisfied, especially after also allowing seven earned runs across 7.2 innings in the postseason. The 23-year-old southpaw spent most of the offseason working on an aggressive strength and conditioning program with a focus on durability at a facility in Jupiter, Florida. Luzardo also worked tirelessly on repeating his mechanics and honed in heavily on refining his breaking ball after he neglected it somewhat last season, noting "now it's back to where it was" as spring training begins. Expectations naturally remain extremely elevated for Luzardo, who's in contention for an Opening Day start and who manager Bob Melvin already labels as a "top-of-the-rotation starter."
Luzardo struggled in 4.1 innings of work Wednesday, allowing four earned runs. He gave up five hits and walked two while striking out two in a victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Luzardo battled through 4.1 innings as he threw 44 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old rookie has struggled in both of his postseason starts, allowing a combined seven runs in 7.2 innings of work. The left-hander had a 4.12 ERA and 1.27 WHIP during the regular season and his next chance at taking the mound will be if the Athletics can advance to the ALCS.
Luzardo took the loss to the White Sox on Tuesday in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series, allowing three runs on six hits over 3.1 innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.
The lefty has a bright future ahead of him, but Tuesday was not his day. Adam Engel, who managed just three homers during the regular season, took Luzardo deep before MVP candidate Jose Abreu followed up with a two-run shot in the third inning. Luzardo could get a chance to redeem himself if the A's are able to rally in this short, best-of-three series.
Luzardo tossed three innings in relief during Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. He did not record a strikeout.
Rather than making one more start this weekend against the Mariners, the A's opted to use Luzardo in relief Thursday. Manager Bob Melvin said after the game that the decision to use him out of the bullpen was made in order to keep the southpaw as an option for the first round of the playoffs, according to John Hickey of SI.com. Luzardo would now line up to pitch Game 1 of the Wild Card Series on Tuesday on four days' rest, though fellow lefty Sean Manaea may be the more likely option to open Oakland's playoff slate.
Luzardo (3-2) earned the win Saturday against the Giants after striking out seven and allowing five hits and zero walks over six scoreless innings.
The young southpaw scattered five singles as he generated 15 swinging strikes on 90 pitches. Luzardo has a 3.86 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 59:14 K:BB through 56 innings and lines up for his final start of the regular season next weekend versus the Mariners.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/01||vs BAL||L 4-8||1||3.0||5||3||2||1|
|04/25||@ BAL||L 1-8||1||6.2||7||3||2||8|
|04/20||vs MIN||W 1-0||1||5.1||2||0||1||6|
|04/13||@ ARI||W 7-5||2.2||6||5||2||1|
|04/07||vs LAD||W 4-3||5.1||5||2||4||6|
|04/02||vs HOU||L 5-9||1||5.0||8||5||1||8|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||ASX-Vermont Lake Monster||18.0||5||5||0||1||0||0||20||4||12||2.00||0.889|
|2019||ROK-AZL Athletics Green||2.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||0||1||0.00||0.500|
|2019||AAA-Las Vegas Aviators||31.0||7||7||0||1||1||0||34||8||29||3.19||1.194|