Oakland Athletics' Jesus Luzardo suffers broken pinkie while playing video game

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Oakland Athletics left-hander Jesus Luzardo will be off the mound for a while -- and maybe off video games too.

Luzardo is out indefinitely after breaking the pinkie on his pitching hand when he thumped a table while playing a video game before his start Saturday.

An X-ray after an 8-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles showed a hairline fracture, and Luzardo was put on the 10-day injured list Sunday.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin said he didn't know how much time Luzardo would miss or whether he would require a cast or splint on the finger. Melvin was hopeful the pitcher could still keep his arm in shape given the location of the break.

"Before the game he was playing a video game and accidentally bumped his hand on the desk as he was playing the game," Melvin said. "He came in, was a little bit sore, training staff checked him out. We threw him in the cage before he went out there, watched him warm up. He was comfortable pitching, the training staff was comfortable with him pitching. After the game, we got an X-ray and there was a hairline in the pinkie finger."

Oakland is getting first baseman Matt Olson back in the lineup Sunday. Olson had missed three straight games after being hit in the left eye by a ball that ricocheted off the L-screen during batting practice Thursday.

Luzardo pitched three innings and took the loss against the Orioles, allowing six runs -- three earned -- on five hits.

He is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA over six starts this season.

"It just depends on how it heals and how it responds," Melvin said. "As you would expect, it was a little bit worse today, a little bit puffier today, but really have no idea on a timetable yet."

The A's also placed right-hander J.B. Wendelken on the injured list with a strained left oblique, recalling right-hander Jordan Weems from their alternate training site to take his roster spot.

Left-hander Adam Kolarek was called up from the alternate site to take Luzardo's place.

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Athletics pitcher Jesus Luzardo fractures pinkie while playing video game

USA TODAY 02 May, 2021 - 04:13pm

Oakland A's left-hander Jesus Luzardo suffered a hairline fracture when he hit his pitching hand on a table before his start Saturday vs. Baltimore.

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The Oakland Athletics put left-hander Jesus Luzardo on the injured list Sunday with a hairline fracture in his finger, an injury he suffered while playing a video game.

A's manager Bob Melvin said Luzardo hit his left hand on a table while playing the game before Saturday's start against the Baltimore Orioles.

After getting his hand checked out by the team's training staff and testing it out during warmups, Luzardo was able to start the game as planned. However, he left after giving up six runs (three earned) in three innings and throwing a pair of wild pitches in an 8-4 loss.

Bob Melvin explains how Jesus Luzardo broke his pinky finger before Saturday's start while playing a video game pic.twitter.com/GaWwY4W0uc

An X-ray taken after the game revealed the hairline fracture in his left pinkie. 

Luzardo will miss at least 10 days due to the injury. The A's called up left-handed reliever Adam Kolarek from their alternate training site to take Luzardo's place on the active roster. 

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A's pitcher Jesús Luzardo fractures finger playing video game

The Athletic 02 May, 2021 - 04:09pm

The Oakland Athletics placed starting pitcher Jesús Luzardo on the injured list on Sunday after he fractured his finger while playing a video game, manager Bob Melvin said.

Luzardo pitched Saturday's game with a hairline fracture in his left pinky finger, which he suffered by bumping his hand on a desk while playing a video game, Melvin said. He allowed six runs (three earned) in three innings in a loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

"He came in and was a little bit sore, the training staff checked him out before he went out there, watched him warm up, he was comfortable pitching," Melvin said.

An X-ray after the game revealed the hairline fracture. Luzardo, 23, is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six starts this season.

Alex Coffey, A's beat writer: Luzardo’s fracture is only the latest in a long line of unconventional injuries the A’s have suffered of late. On top of that, Matt Olson injured his eye while in the batting cage (a ball ricocheted back at him) and catcher Sean Murphy suffered a collapsed lung earlier in the year.

Coffey: Since Mike Fiers was activated off the IL, the A’s have said they were going to try a six-man rotation, but with Luzardo’s absence they’ll just stick to a five-man rotation (which they had prior to Fiers‘ return). Melvin said that Luzardo’s hand injury won’t affect the current order of the A’s starting rotation.

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The A’s will send Sean Manaea to the mound. The lefty has been the club’s hottest starter so far, with a 2.83 ERA and 3.23 FIP, and he’s allowed just four runs total over his last four outings. For the season, the average velocity on his sinker is up one full mph from last year.

Baltimore counters with Bruce Zimmermann, who has never faced the green-and-gold before. The southpaw debuted last summer, and through five starts this year he has a 5.33 ERA and 5.70 FIP.

Oakland gets 1B Matt Olson back in their lineup, after missing three games to a swollen eye incurred in a weird batting cage accident. He’s got a mean shiner!

When the Orioles found themselves in this position last weekend at Camden Yards, facing a sweep at the hands of the visiting A’s, they came through and won the finale. Can Oakland do the same today?

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Notes: Luzardo, Wendelken to IL; Olson back

MLB.com 02 May, 2021 - 02:48pm

Turns out, there may have been a reason for that.

Prior to Sunday’s series finale against Baltimore, Luzardo was one of two A’s pitchers placed on the 10-day injured list, joining right-hander J.B. Wendelken (strained left oblique).

Luzardo’s official diagnosis was a left hand fracture. More specifically, it was Luzardo’s left pinkie that was fractured, with A’s manager Bob Melvin revealing that the injury occurred before the game when Luzardo bumped his hand on a desk while playing video games.

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Though Luzardo proceeded to go through his normal warmup routine under the watchful eye of the A’s training staff and both parties felt comfortable with him making the start, he began the game ominously by issuing a leadoff walk to Cedric Mullins. Lasting just three innings, he was pulled after a 35-pitch third that included two wild pitches.

X-rays after the game revealed the hairline fracture in his left pinkie. As of Sunday, Melvin said Luzardo’s pinkie was a bit more swollen than the previous day, adding that it was too early to get a real timetable on how long the 23-year-old lefty might be out.

“I think there’s a way to keep his arm in shape because it is on the far side of the hand, but the training staff will have a lot to say about that,” Melvin said. “Really don’t know [how long]. It depends on how it heals and responds.”

Luzardo is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six starts this season with 30 strikeouts against 12 walks across 28 innings. In his absence, the A’s will revert back to a five-man rotation after expanding it to six members earlier this week to incorporate the return of Mike Fiers.

Right-hander Jordan Weems and left-hander Adam Kolarek were both recalled from the A’s alternate site in Stockton, Calif., on Sunday, giving the club a full eight-man bullpen.

“With Weems and Kolarek here, we’re back to a regular complement in the bullpen,” Melvin said. “We’ll just stay in rotation with the regular guys.”

“His eye is open,” Melvin said. “It still looks like he’s got quite a shiner. But he is a tough guy and he wants to play.”

Olson entered Sunday leading the club in home runs (6), RBIs (17), and batting average (.296).

A's Ramón Laureano keeps throwing arm ready

San Francisco Chronicle 02 May, 2021 - 02:27am

Ramón Laureano took Pat Valaika’s single to center field on one bounce. Ryan Mountcastle rounded second base headed for third. Laureano fired a throw to Matt Chapman on a line. Chapman had time to pivot and apply the tag.

Laureano’s arm is well-regarded. The ninth-inning play in the A’s loss Friday night to Baltimore was his 24th assist since his debut in August 2018, most among outfielders in that time. Of those, 19 came in his first 169 games. Just five occurred since the start of the 2020 season, with teams less eager to test his throwing.

“I mean, I notice that,” Laureano said Saturday morning. “But, hey, I just keep being aggressive, expecting that they’re going to run.”

Friday’s assist was Laureano’s second in three games, but the previous was an effortless throw to first base in Tampa Bay to double off Yandy Diaz, who had not stopped running on a lineout. Laureano also corralled a flare to center and threw out Detroit’s Robbie Grossman at third for a rare 8-5 force-out April 18. His three outfield assists were tied for the AL lead as of Saturday.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said he was not surprised by Mountcastle’s attempt to go first-to-third Friday on a one-out single in the ninth. Laureano’s throw might have been pivotal, erasing a runner in scoring position in a one-run game. The A’s put the potential tying run on base in the bottom of the inning but didn’t score.

Chances might be less frequent. Last season, Laureano began positioning deeper in center field. It allowed him more range on deep fly balls, which he deemed a worthwhile trade-off for fewer shots at assists. He said Saturday he still expects to be tested.

“Always anticipating that they’re going to go and just being ready to execute,” Laureano said. “Doesn’t matter if he’s slow or fast. I’m always anticipating to throw it.”

Briefly: First baseman Matt Olson (eye) took ground balls and swings in the cage Saturday, but Melvin said it is unlikely Olson plays Sunday. … Left-hander A.J. Puk (biceps) threw a bullpen session Saturday; Melvin said “we’ll see how he responds” before setting another session. … Right-handed reliever Burch Smith (groin) is scheduled to pitch two simulated innings at the alternate site in Stockton on Sunday.

Matt Kawahara is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Orioles ride good start by Matt Harvey, top Oakland 8-4 for third consecutive win

Baltimore Sun 01 May, 2021 - 06:28pm

Harvey wasn’t perfect, but he didn’t have to be with a 6-0 lead after three innings. He had a long first inning thanks to the Orioles not turning a double play, and took a line drive from Matt Chapman off his thumb that inning and had to battle through it. He remained in control to ensure a series win for the Orioles (13-14) on the first leg of their two-city West Coast tour.

“That was a veteran performance,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Another gutsy pitching performance by him, and I just love the way he’s just so competitive. And I love the way our guys feed off that.”

He walked three without recording his first strikeout until the final out of the fifth inning, and got two quick outs in the sixth inning before a single Chapman and a run-scoring double by Seth Brown chased him.

The 32-year-old Harvey didn’t feel like he was at his best Saturday, and turned in a rare start where he didn’t register a single swinging strike on either his four-seam fastball or sinker.

“It’s nice knowing that I can have those days that are not great, don’t feel great, not throwing my best stuff and being able to battle through it and go 5 2/3 and keep runs off the board,” Harvey said. “I think that’s the biggest thing about coming back: the days you don’t feel great, being able to battle through them and to be able to get a win.”

Saturday was the third straight Harvey won, this with 5 2/3 innings of five-hit, two-run ball, lowering his ERA to 4.06. He last won three straight starts from June 21-July 1 in 2018 with the Cincinnati Reds. The last time Harvey had an ERA as low as this after April was 2015 — his first season back from Tommy John elbow reconstruction, when the Mets went to the World Series.

Harvey has long acknowledged since signing a minor league deal with the Orioles that he’s not that same hard-throwing young pitcher he was then. But he finds it satisfying to be able to pitch the way he has for the Orioles through five starts, considering he spent years in the baseball wilderness battling injury and ineffectiveness.

”I’m not really throwing 97-101 [mph] anymore so it’s definitely a different feeling,” Harvey said. “I think pitching back then was a lot easier when you have that kind of stuff, but like I’ve said all along, I think the work in between starts, realizing the pitch shapes, realizing the location, the mix, throwing more off-speed, more sinkers, really just mixing things up a lot more is definitely helping.”

Hyde said: “I know he’s had his ups and downs, but what he’s like right now is a guy that wants the ball. I see the stuff has ticked up ever since we first saw him in spring training. … I think his stuff’s improving, and he’s healthy. That’s probably No. 1. Happy to have him.”

The Orioles’ six-run third inning began badly for Oakland as DJ Stewart reached on an error to begin the inning and a single and walk loaded the bases for Austin Hays. Hays singled to left-center field to score two, and a third run came across when the A’s attempt to get Cedric Mullins out at third base led to a throwing error.

Hays scored when Trey Mancini skied a single into short left field that shortstop Elvis Andrus dropped on a basket catch attempt. Mancini went on to score on a scorched sacrifice fly by Ryan Mountcastle, and Maikel Franco rounded out the scoring by coming across on a wild pitch.

“I thought we had extremely good at-bats that inning, capitalized on a couple of their mistakes, but it was nice to see the line moving and see a nice rally put together,” Hyde said. “Ran the bases fairly well, good at-bats. Another good starter we faced in [Jesús] Luzardo. We got to him. I’m really happy with how we got him up in the zone. That was nice to score a bunch early.”

DJ Stewart was hitless in his last 21 at-bats before golfing a two-run home run to right field in the sixth inning for his second home run of the season.

Two innings later, he survived a scary moment when he hit the side of his head on a padded awning above the on-field bullpen in foul territory in the Coliseum while catching a ball. Stewart, who missed time in August 2019 with a concussion after being hit in the head by a fly ball, remained in the game.

Stewart said the impact was worse on his jaw than anything else, and was glad to learn they just put padding on that rail above the bullpen bench this year.

“Thankful for that,” Stewart said. “If not, I would probably be going to see a dentist.”

Hyde wanted a big margin to let the bullpen relax, and relax they did. Cole Sulser allowed one of Harvey’s runs to score and another of his own on a home run by Mark Canha in the seventh, and Dillon Tate recorded the last five outs around a home run by Ramón Laureano. In between, Tanner Scott pitched a scoreless inning.

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Game Thread #28: A's vs. Orioles

Athletics Nation 01 May, 2021 - 03:06pm

Can Luz pitch the lights out again?

That new opponent will be Matt Harvey. The right-hander was once a Cy Young candidate with the Mets nearly a decade ago, but a series of injuries left him bouncing around the league in recent years. He even pitched a few games in the A’s minor league system in 2019. Now he’s found a new home with the Orioles, and he’s off to a nice start to the 2021 season.

Oakland counters with Jesús Luzardo, who faced Baltimore in his most recent outing. He worked into the 7th inning and finished with a quality start, albeit in a losing effort against Means.

Thee A’s are still without 1B Matt Olson, for the third game in a row, while his eye is swollen after popping himself by accident in the batting cage.

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