A's Prospect Jesús Luzardo Expected to Miss 4-5 Weeks With Lat Strain

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:

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.

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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. 

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