Athletics

Forst says Luzardo, Puk 'getting close' to return for A's

Athletics
Jesus Luzardo

The A’s made a few roster moves Friday, sending reliever Adam Kolarek to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled pitcher Cam Bedrosian. They also placed Mike Fiers on the 60-day injured list with a sprained right elbow. 

A’s general manager David Forst gave a rundown on the moves and gave updates on pitchers A.J. Puk and Jesús Luzardo.

Puk threw well in Vegas on Thursday night, a quick inning with nine pitches. Forst said Puk touched 95 mph and will get another outing with one or two innings, and then the A’s will make a decision on him.  

Puk was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained left biceps earlier in April. 

Luzardo, who fractured the left pinky on his hand earlier this month, threw a bullpen on Thursday and another one on Friday, but did say he had been feeling great. The A’s want to get him to 40-45 pitches and then send him out on a rehab assignment after that. 

“They’re both getting close,” Forst said. 

As for Fiers ... 

“We sort of laid out [Fiers’] throwing program,” Forst said Friday on A’s Cast. “It was going to extend whatever the 60 days are now, been a couple weeks obviously. We want to make sure we get him right with his elbow. This doesn’t really change anything about the plan and the timeline for him.”

 

As far as Bedrosian is concerned, he’s more than familiar with the A’s having spent seven seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. Forst has kept an eye on him and he especially came on the A's radar when Bedrosian was released by the Cincinnati Reds at the beginning of the season.

The A's signed him to a minor league contract on April 30. 

“Cam’s a guy we’ve obviously seen a lot over the years with Anaheim,” Forst said. “Had some really good years in ‘17 and ‘18 against us, but we got him into Vegas and he started the season off strong.”

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Across those two seasons in 2017 and 2018, Bedrosian boasted a 4.06 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 108 2/3 innings pitched.  

Kolarek's struggles were why he was demoted to Triple-A, but Forst said after a few outings, he should be back soon.