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A's pitching prospect James Kaprielian to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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A's pitching prospect James Kaprielian to undergo MRI on right shoulder

The injury bug has hit James Kaprielian yet again. 

A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Sunday that the long-hyped pitching prospect experienced shoulder discomfort in a bullpen session on Friday. The right-hander will be behind schedule in spring training when pitchers and catchers report on Monday. 

"It looked like he was throwing good before that, but just a little something came up, so I think we're going to have him get an MRI," Melvin said. "So he'll probably be a little bit behind. It looked like he was going to be a full-go and then the last bullpen he felt that."

Once he gets the MRI, the severity of the injury will be known, but nonetheless, this is another tough setback for Kaprielian. He hasn't pitched in professional game since 2016 when he underwent Tommy John surgery. 

Kaprielian, who turns 25 on March 2, was rehabbing from the injury when the A's traded for him from the Yankees in the 2017 Sonny Gray deal. He remained sidelined last season as well while dealing with shoulder soreness, but did pitch in an instructional game last October.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder was selected with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Yankees. Since then, the UCLA product has only pitched in 15 minor league games. 

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He is 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA in his minor league career. Despite his small sample size, Kaprielian was named the No. 58 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline before the 2017 season.

The A's added Kaprielian to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft this past offseason. Once he's healthy, he will be in big league camp and join a big group of talented young arms trying to overcome injuries.

Watch A's pitcher Jesus Luzardo get fans hyped for 2020 MLB season

Watch A's pitcher Jesus Luzardo get fans hyped for 2020 MLB season

As if A’s fans already weren’t excited for the 2020 MLB season.

Young pitcher Jesus Luzardo released a hype video Sunday that will have Oakland fans salivating.

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Luzardo has been one of the A’s top prospects for several years, and made his MLB debut on Sept. 11, 2019. The 22-year-old made six relief appearances for Oakland last season, finishing with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, striking out 16 batters.

Luzardo is expected to be in Oakland’s rotation whenever the 2020 season gets underway.

Why Rickey Henderson should be seen as one of Michael Jordans of MLB

Why Rickey Henderson should be seen as one of Michael Jordans of MLB

There will never be another Michael Jordan. But there could be those who hold a prominent role in the sport they play. The “Michael Jordan” of baseball, for instance. 

Bleacher Report composed a list of MLB’s G.O.A.T.s, and yes -- Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was mentioned. You can’t create a greatest of all time without mentioning him, but the A’s have an MJ of their own in Rickey Henderson.

Not only did the BR writeup mention the numbers that put the Man of Steal on the map (1,406 stolen bases, 2,295 runs, both MLB records), but it’s a great reminder of his “greatest of all-time speech.”

That iconic moment wasn’t initially supposed to happen in the way it played out. When he took the microphone after breaking St. Louis Cardinals star Lou Brock’s base-stealing record, Henderson went off-script

The original hand-written speech that was folded up on a piece of paper, and in Rickey's uniform didn’t happen, and it certainly didn’t possess the words saying he was the greatest -- even though the Hall of Famer was. He was caught up in the moment and said the epic words which solidified such a strong career.

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Henderson simply forgot about the original words.

Henderson also had a certain swag and attitude about him -- remind you of anyone else?