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A's catcher Phegley admitted to hospital with synovitis

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A's catcher Phegley admitted to hospital with synovitis

Catcher Josh Phegley was admitted into a San Francisco hospital Friday night and diagnosed with synovitis in his surgically repaired right knee, the A's announced in a statement.

Synovitis is inflammation of the synovial membrane in the knee, and typically is very painful upon movement. Phegley was given IV antibiotics and is resting comfortably, according to the release.

The team is awaiting more information to decide a further course of action.

Phegley has endured roadblocks in his recovery since undergoing surgery in early July to remove a cyst in the cruciate ligament in his knee. He was originally set to begin a rehab assignment Saturday before experiencing more swelling in his knee.

A's add 17-year-old Robert Puason, five others to complete 60-man pool

A's add 17-year-old Robert Puason, five others to complete 60-man pool

The A’s announced the addition of six players to the 60-man player pool on Wednesday ahead of MLB Summer Camp.

Infielder Eric Campbell has been added to the group who will report to Oakland at the Coliseum.

Campbell hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2016 with the New York Mets, when he only hit .173 with nine RBI.

Right-handed pitchers Wandisson Charles and Miguel Romero, outfielders Luis Barrera and Brayan Buelvas and infielder Robert Puason will report to the A’s alternate site. 

Puason, 17, showed a lot of promise practicing in the A’s facility and has speed and fluidity in his defensive capabilities. 

The pool is now set at 60 players.

[RELATED: Projecting A's roster following initial player pool release]

Baseball started feeling back to normal when the A’s traded infielder Jorge Mateo on Tuesday to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later.

The A’s have started to arrive for workouts, which begin on July 4 at the Coliseum and the alternate site.

Jesús Luzardo: Everything you need to know on A's top pitcher prospect

Jesús Luzardo: Everything you need to know on A's top pitcher prospect

Who is A’s pitcher Jesús Luzardo?

A possible top-15 fantasy pitcher in 2020? Sure.

An AL Rookie of the Year candidate? Definitely.

But the 22-year-old lefty is so much more than that. 

Before the A’s

The Washington Nationals drafted the talented pitcher in the third round in 2016 out of Stoneman Douglas High School. Luzardo underwent Tommy John surgery around the time of the draft, but the Nats are known to take a chance on a guy despite the surgery.

Not a bad decision at all. 

The A's acquired Luzardo, Sheldon Neuse and Blake Treinen in 2017 from the Nationals in a trade for Ryan Madson and fan-favorite Sean Doolittle. Since then, he has been considered one of the best prospects in baseball.

With the A’s

During his stint last season with Triple-A Las Vegas, he boasted a 3.19 ERA with 1.19 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 31 innings while pitching in a hitter’s haven in the PCL.

In 12 innings of relief after he was promoted to the A’s in 2019, Luzardo tallied a 1.50 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 12 innings. His spring training numbers would make you blush also, but I don’t want you filling my comments with the nonsense that “those numbers don’t count.”

Eh … I’ll do it anyway. 

In 8 1/3 innings of Cactus League play this year, he struck out 13 batters. See? That was worth bringing up. 

Oh, and he has only allowed six hits since his MLB debut after facing 58 batters in the regular season and playoffs.

His background

Luzardo is the first Peruvian-born player to play in Major League Baseball. He's also Venezuelan. 


Not a contact guy

On the mound, Luzardo is usually wearing his prescription Oakley glasses while he pitches and decides to forego contact lenses.

“My glasses are kind of like a routine for me,” he told NBC Sports California's Brodie Brazil. “When I pitch or throw without them, it’s kind of just weird. It’s more of a comfort thing.”

Hey, don’t mess with what works.

[RELATED: A's position battles heading into Summer Camp]

Now for the important stuff ... 

Luzardo’s (very proud) mom Monica, says that believe it or not, he’s very shy, but he has a big heart and is a hard worker.

I could see that. 

“His favorite Disney movie when he was young was ‘Mulan,’ ” she said. He also loves to fish and also is an excellent baker. His specialty? Tres Leches Cake, which is a Venezuelan dessert.