Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jusús Luzardo injured his throwing hand — his pinkie, to be exact — while playing video games a couple week ago, but the young lefty is in the process of putting the embarrassing incident behind him.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said on Thursday that Luzardo had his first rehab session in the bullpen since he occurred the freak injury. Melvin told reporters his young ace threw 30 pitches without incident.
So while Thursday’s bullpen session is great news, Luzardo still has a few steps to take before returning to the big league club and taking the mound once again.
Luzardo’s been inconsistent in his starts this year thus far, with a 5.79 earned run average. He’s flashed his immense potential though, with a 30-to-12 strikeout to walks ratio. His record sits at 1-and-3 after six starts.
He hid his hand injury initially, with one of those starts happening after he accidentally banged his hand against a table. He’s no doubt motivated to return and put this injury behind him, getting his career back on track in the process.
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