Luzardo was hit hard on Saturday, allowing six runs, five hits, and two walks over three innings, but the bad news didn’t end there. He was diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand, and manager Bob Melvin told reporters that he suffered the injury while slamming his hand on the table while playing a video game before Saturday’s start. The team felt it was ok to let him start yesterday, but x-ray’s after the game confirmed that an IL-stint would be necessary. Adam Kolarek was called up to take his spot on the active roster.
Luzardo has gotten off to a poor start this season, pitching to a 5.79 ERA through his first six starts, but he’s still a huge part of the A’s future. He entered 2020 as the No. 5 prospect in baseball per FanGraphs, and he was absolutely dominant out of the bullpen in 2019. Hopefully, the start of the 2021 season is just a minor speed bump on his road to stardom.
The A’s are off to a great start this season, and they’re currently listed at +165 to win the AL West on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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