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Elephant Rumblings: Jesus Luzardo to start in next appearance

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The Oakland A’s had a tough couple days against the Colorado Rockies this week, getting humbled in a two-game sweep after their encouraging opening series against the Los Angeles Angels. The A’s finished their first homestand of the season with a 3-3 record.

The two games against the Rockies were frustrating, with Oakland’s bats going silent and missing many golden opportunities — combined they went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. But there’s still news to get excited about as the team travels to Seattle for four dates against the Mariners: Jesus Luzardo is coming. To the rotation, that is.

The rookie lefty made his second appearance of the season in Wednesday’s loss, throwing 3⅔ innings. He gave up a couple extra runs on his own defensive error, but his pitching once again looked good, as he racked up five strikeouts and induced an enormous 16 swinging strikes among his 67 total pitches. But as strong as his performance was, the key number was that pitch count, as he works his way back toward the starting rotation.

Will Luzardo start his next time out? Manager Bob Melvin was clear during the post-game press conference:

“Yes, that’s why we pushed him to the number that we did.”

Melvin didn’t rule out the Seattle series for Luzardo. The A’s play the Mariners from Friday through Monday, and normal starters’ rest would put the 22-year-old national Top 10 prospect on turn for that series finale. Whatever specific day it might happen, though, the point is that Luzardo is now ready to join the rotation for the first time in his career, and the next time we see him pitch will be in the 1st inning as a starter.

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