Oakland Athletics manager Mark Kotsay provided updates on a trio of injured players prior to tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Adrian Martinez went on the injured list earlier this week, but an MRI revealed inflammation in his right forearm, but not structural damage. The team will shut him down from throwing for the next five days. Martinez had been pitching out of the bullpen in a multi-inning role before the injury.
MRI results for Adrián Martínez showed inflammation in his right forearm area but no structural damage, per Kotsay. Martínez is shut down from throwing for five days but it doesn’t sound like the injury is too serious.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) April 27, 2023
Starter Paul Blackburn has yet to make his 2023 debut and is delayed again. Blackburn began the season on the injured list with a split fingernail on his pitching hand. As he began to ramp up, he developed a blister and that continues to hamper him per MLB.com’s Martin Gallegos. Blackburn was expected to pitch Sunday, but will now be pushed back a few days.
Paul Blackburn was expected to pitch Sunday in a Minor League game but he felt discomfort with his blister issue while throwing his two-Sean fastball. A’s will push him back at least a few days.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) April 27, 2023
Ramon Laureano is currently on the injured list with a groin strain. He ran the bases today with Triple A Las Vegas and is expected to play Thursday. How he responds physically will determine how long of a rehab stint he will need.
Ramón Laureano is with Triple-A Las Vegas and running the bases today. If all goes well, plan is for him to play tomorrow with Vegas. A’s will wait to see how his groin feels before determining how many games he might need.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) April 27, 2023
Finally, Drew Rucinski completed a bullpen session in Anaheim today and is expected to make his debut for the A’s in this weekend’s series against the Cincinnati Reds. Rucinski began the season on the injured list with a strained hamstring.
Drew Rucinski threw a bullpen today here in Anaheim. Chance he could return for this weekend’s series vs. Reds.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) April 27, 2023