A's top prospect Jesús Luzardo suffered a Grade 2 strain of his latissimus dorsi muscle, the A's announced after he was pulled four innings into a start on Tuesday for the Triple-A Las Vegas after experiencing some tightness in that area.
MLB.com's Martín Gallegos reported on Friday Luzardo was given a timetable of about 4-5 weeks:
I'm told Jesús Luzardo was given a timetable of about 4-5 weeks to return to "pitching in competition" if all goes well in rehab. That would put him around early August to start getting stretched out again in the Minors.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) July 5, 2019
This means he will not be in an A's uniform in the immediate future despite hope we were hoping to see him sooner rather than later.
Frankie Montas was recently suspended for 80 games when he violated MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy when he tested positive for Ostarine, a banned substance under the league's joint drug agreement. Having Luzardo as a possible replacement seemed to paint a more positive outlook for the A's pitching rotation.
For now, we will have to wait even longer for his big league debut.