Just after we had a good win to put a smile on our faces, something else comes along and smacks us across the chops.
The A’s have just announced that A.J. Puk has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with a strained left bicep. It’s retroactive to April 7th, so he could return to the team on Saturday 17th, although given his lengthy list of injuries you would guess the A’s will be conservative and that he may be out for longer.
Puk cannot seem to catch a break. Only two days ago I was writing that “just having him out on the mound was a very welcome sight”. Sadly it appears to have been a sight that falls into the category of ‘blink and you’ll miss it’.
Deolis Garcia has been selected to take Puk’s place on the 26-man roster and a space on the 40-man roster has been made for him by putting Trevor Rosenthal on the 60-day IL.
When Bob Melvin was asked yesterday about the possibility of Rosenthal undergoing surgery on his shoulder he stated that “I think it’ll be his call, ultimately”. Although he did then clarify that “it’ll be a group discussion”, given that he’s only on a one-year contract you have to think that he’ll look longer term and get it completely sorted, rather than desperately try to rehab and get back in a shorter timeframe.
Martín Gallegos of MLB.com states that the recommended surgery usually has a 3-4 month recovery period, so if he opts for that route we’d be lucky to see him before August.
For those keeping count as the injuries mount up:
- Rosenthal (shoulder). On 60-day IL. Likely out until August
- Puk (bicep strain). On 10-day IL. No timetable as yet, possibly available later in April?
- Burch Smith (groin strain). On 10-day IL. No timetable as yet, possibly available later in April?
- Reymin Guduan (sprained left thumb). On 10-day IL. No timetable as yet, possibly available later in April?
- Mike Fiers (hip). On 10-day IL. Pitched in a simulated game on Monday, aiming to build him up to be back at the end of April.
- Chad Pinder (knee). On 10-day IL. Eligible to be back on the roster a week today (15 April).
- Matt Olson (knee). Still on the active roster, but rested in the last two games. Hopefully fit and able to be back in the line-up tonight against the Astros.