Luzardo will be optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Luzardo joined the bullpen after he returned from the injured list in late May, and he sputtered to a 9.90 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 10 innings during that time. He'll attempt to sort things out in the minors but could be an option to return to the Athletics as a starter or as a reliever later this year. Right-hander Domingo Acevedo will be called up in a corresponding move Monday.
Luzardo, whose record fell to 2-4 when he was charged with the loss against the Yankees on Saturday, has now pitched to a 16.50 ERA and 2.33 WHIP over the six innings covering his last five appearances, which have all been in relief.
Luzardo's return from the injured list as a reliever started off promisingly enough, as he fired four scoreless innings across his first two outings out of the bullpen. However, his abysmal showing since then, which includes at least one home run surrendered in each of those last five appearances, lends credence to the notion the young left-hander may benefit from a change of either role or scenery in the short term to help him snap out of the funk.
Luzardo secured his first hold in a win over the Angels on Tuesday, allowing a solo home run over one inning.
Luzardo surrendered his fifth home run over his last four appearances when Shohei Ohtani slugged a 429-foot shot to right field, but he was able to otherwise successfully navigate the frame to capture his first hold. The left-hander's recent troubles out of the bullpen -- he owns a 12.71 ERA across the 5.2 innings covering his last four appearances -- figure to delay his return to the starting rotation even further.
Luzardo allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings in a win over the Royals on Saturday. He struck out one.
Luzardo ended up affording the Royals their only two runs of the game when Kelvin Gutierrez tagged him for a 378-foot shot in the eighth with Carlos Santana aboard. After firing four scoreless frames across his first two appearances since returning from the injured list as a reliever, the young southpaw has given up seven earned runs on four home runs over the 4.2 innings covering his last three trips to the mound.
Luzardo allowed three earned runs on two home runs and also surrendered an additional hit over one inning in a loss to the Royals on Thursday.
The left-hander had a rough go of it during his one frame thanks to Jorge Soler and Andrew Benintendi, both of whom tagged him from homers. Luzardo has now allowed multiple earned runs in each of his last two relief appearances, yielding three round trippers overall during that three-inning stretch.
Luzardo (2-3) earned a relief win in Tuesday's 12-6 victory over Seattle, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk with six strikeouts in two innings.
In only his second appearance since returning from the IL, Luzardo held Seattle in check and fell in line for the win after Oakland scored six runs in the top of the seventh. With a few more games like Tuesday's, it'll be difficult for manager Bob Melvin to keep Luzardo out of the rotation for much longer.
Luzardo struck out one batter during a perfect inning of work in Sunday's loss to the Angels.
Luzardo made his first appearance since May 1 after being activated from the injured list Sunday. The 23-year-old southpaw needed just eight pitches to get through a perfect ninth inning. He owns a 5.59 ERA through 29 innings this season.
Luzardo (hand) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday.
The left-hander was activated as expected Sunday, and he'll initially work out of the bullpen after spending nearly a month on the injured list with a fractured finger. Luzardo should rejoin the starting rotation before too long, but for now he'll operate as a reliever.
Luzardo (hand) will be activated off the injured list Sunday, but he will pitch out of the bullpen initially, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Luzardo has missed nearly a month with a broken finger. He'll almost certainly return to the rotation before too long, but the Athletics will elect for him to finish his rehab process in the big-league bullpen rather than in the minors. He threw just 25 pitches in his lone rehab outing Thursday, so he's a long way away from being built back up to a starter's workload.
Luzardo (finger) threw 25 pitches across 1.2 scoreless innings in his first rehab outing with Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports.
Luzardo was slated to throw 25 pitches according to Lockard, so the outing kept him on target. However, that likely means he will need at least one more rehab outing before being activated, unless the team opts to bring him back as a reliever -- a possibility that has been mentioned by manager Bob Melvin.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin told Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Luzardo (finger) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday.
Luzardo is ready to take the next step forward in his recovery program for his fractured left pinkie finger after he used his full repertoire during a 50-pitch bullpen session Sunday, according to Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports. The southpaw could be cleared to push his pitch count up to the 60-to-75 range in the rehab start, which could be the only one he needs before the Athletics activate him from the 10-day injured list. Manager Bob Melvin noted the team may elect to bring Luzardo back in a relief role while he gets stretched out, which would eliminate the need for multiple rehab starts, per Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports Bay Area. While the southpaw has been sidelined for the past three weeks, James Kaprielian has stepped into the rotation as Oakland's No. 5 starter.
Luzardo (finger) will throw another bullpen session Sunday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
He is with the team in Anaheim but should head out on a rehab assignment soon, possibly sometime next week. In the meantime, James Kaprielian will work as Oakland's fifth starter.
Luzardo (finger) threw 30 pitches in his bullpen session Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Luzardo had been playing catch from 120 feet recently, and he felt good after throwing his first bullpen session Thursday. He's expected to need at least one more bullpen session before he's cleared to face hitters, and he'll have a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas before he returns to the majors, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Luzardo (finger) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session within the next couple days, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 23-year-old has been playing catch from 120 feet and will progress to throwing bullpen sessions this week. Luzardo's return to mound work represents a significant benchmark in his rehab from a fractured finger, though he's likely still at least a couple weeks from returning.
Luzardo (finger) has continued playing catch from 60 feet over the last several days but has yet to throw a bullpen session, the Associated Press reports.
The left-hander has now played catch intermittently over the last seven days, so he should be inching closer to throwing off a mound. Going by the pace of his recovery thus far, Luzardo may have an outside chance of returning before the end of May, with his progress over the next 7-to-10 days likely to be revelatory in that regard.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/19||@ NYY||L 5-7||1||0.1||1||3||2||0|
|06/15||vs LAA||W 6-4||1.0||1||1||0||0|
|06/12||vs KC||W 11-2||1.2||2||2||1||1|
|06/10||vs KC||L 1-6||1.0||3||3||0||0|
|06/05||@ COL||W 6-3||2.0||4||2||0||2|
|06/01||@ SEA||W 12-6||1||3.0||2||0||1||6|
|05/30||vs LAA||L 2-4||1.0||0||0||0||1|
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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|