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Oakland A’s recall tall, left-handed former first-round pick, A.J. Puk

He’s still 6-foot-7, though his long, extremely straight blonde hair is no longer. Regardless, pitcher A.J. Puk, the former first-round pick of the Oakland A’s, was recalled by the club on Monday.

According to Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle, manager Bob Melvin will use Puk out of the bullpen. That group was worn out by the Astros, as was the entire roster, during the A’s opening series of the season.

Here are some more details from Kawahara. The corresponding move he refers to is the unfortunate injury to utility man Chad Pinder and his move to the 10-day IL.

The A’s recalled left-hander A.J. Puk from their alternate site in a corresponding move. Puk will join the bullpen — he adds a fresh arm to a group that was heavily worked in the opening series against Houston, totaling 15 ⅔ innings over four games. Oakland used outfielder Ka’ai Tom to pitch the final inning of Sunday’s loss.

Matt Kawahara/San Francisco Chronicle

Note that last tidbit of info. The A’s had to use a position player to pitch against Houston. That’s how worn down the bullpen is. How embarrassing.

So Puk gets a shot on the big-league club. He had a chance at making the opening-day roster as a starter, but hey, this is somewhat close to that. A good old early-season call up. He’s done well as a reliever, too, back in 2019. Perhaps that’s where he belongs.

Ideally, you’d want more from the No. 6 pick in the 2016 draft, but as long as the A’s get a player, it’s all positive. Watch to see if he makes an impact in the A’s series against the World Series champion Dodgers in Oakland, which starts Monday night.

(Photo credit Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

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