AJ Puk injury update: A's top pitching prospect reportedly dealing with elbow issue

AJ Puk
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One thing is occurring with Athletics top prospect AJ Puk’s arm, however the group has but to acknowledge precisely what it is.

In response to FanRag Sports activities, Puk is dealing with a ligament issue in his pitching elbow.

Puk has been to docs within the interim, and was considered going now for second opinions. If there’s certainly a ligament issue, one treatment could possibly be Tommy John surgical procedure, which might value him the season.

The A’s observed a drop in Puk’s velocity in every of his final two spring outings, inflicting the preliminary concern. Puk, who usually throws within the excessive-90s, was throwing near the ninety two-ninety four vary, which isn’t dangerous for many pitchers however nicely under his regular commonplace.

Puk was one of many A’s greatest pitchers in spring coaching, throwing 10 2/three innings with a three.38 ERA however he allowed 4 runs within the last inning of a March fifteenth outing and has not pitched since.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Puk underwent an MRI earlier this month after dealing with left biceps tendinitis however the outcomes have been clear. 

Nevertheless, Oakland has but to launch any type of a press release on Puk or shed any type of mild on why he hasn’t pitched for 12 days.

“The truth that the group has but to acknowledge that Puk has an injury of any sort, and even that he is been shut down, which he has been, that to me is somewhat eyebrow elevating,” Chronicle author Susan Slusser stated on the A’s Plus Podcast this week. 

Puk was the No. 6 general decide by the A’s within the 2016 draft and is at present the No. 32 prospect in all of baseball, based on MLB Pipeline.