Puk will start the Athletics' Cactus League opener Saturday against the Cubs, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Puk made a midseason return from Tommy John surgery in 2019 before closing out the year in Oakland's bullpen, finishing the season with a 3.18 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 13 strikeouts across 11.1 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw will be attempting to earn a role in the Athletics' rotation this spring, competing with Chris Bassitt and Jesus Luzardo. Puk received high praise from his catcher Austin Allen following a live batting practice session to hitters Tuesday at Fitch Park in Arizona. "He looked really good, his fastball was there, he was throwing strikes with everything," Allen said. The former first-round pick by Oakland in the 2016 draft will look to utilize his 6-foot-7 frame and full arsenal of pitches to keep hitters off-balance and impress his coaches throughout spring training. Feb 18 4:12 pm (EST)
- Puk, who is opening spring training without restrictions, will utilize all four of his pitches this season as a starter, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
- Puk is not currently on any specific innings limit, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
- Puk will be a starter for the A's this season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. All A.J. Puk (L) News
2019 SEASON STATS
|Sep 27||L 4 - 3||@ SEA||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||1||3|
|Sep 22||L 8 - 3||TEX||0||0||0||1.0||3||0||2||0||1|
|Sep 17||W 2 - 1||KC||1||0||0||2.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|Sep 13||W 14 - 9||@ TEX||0||0||0||2.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Sep 12||W 3 - 2||@ HOU||0||0||0||0.0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sep 07||W 10 - 2||DET||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|Sep 05||W 10 - 6||LAA||1||0||0||2.0||1||1||1||1||2|
|Aug 26||W 19 - 4||@ KC||0||0||0||2.0||1||0||0||1||2|
|Aug 24||L 10 - 5||SF||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1||1||0|
|Aug 21||W 6 - 4||NYY||0||0||0||0.1||1||0||0||1||0|