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Drew Rucinski: Free agent after option declined
Rucinski (back) had his $5 million team option for 2024 declined by the A's, Ari Alexander of KPRC 2 reports.
Rucinski underwent lumbar spine surgery in August and is expected to miss part of the 2024 campaign, although a specific timeline for his return isn't clear. Given his 9.00 ERA and 6:14 K:BB over 18 innings in 2023, along with ample time missed with knee issues, Rucinski's option probably wasn't going to be exercised even if he had been healthy.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Undergoes lumbar surgery
Rucinski (knee/back) underwent lumbar spine surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the team's official site reports.
Already ruled out for the season back in mid-July, Rucinski took the first official step toward a return to full health with Tuesday's procedure. The right-hander's offseason figures to be dominated by recovery and rehabilitation, and it remains to be seen how quickly he bounces back given he'll turn 35 in late December. Rucinski's return stateside after four successful seasons overseas in the KBO was a disappointment, as he also sustained a left knee injury and pitched to a 9.00 ERA and 2.28 WHIP across his four starts for the Athletics.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Done for season
Rucinski (knee/back) is set to undergo season-ending back surgery, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Rucinski was already on the 60-day injured list with a multitude of ailments including a left knee injury and he'll now see his 2023 campaign come to a premature ending. The right-hander will finish the season with a 9.00 ERA and 2.28 WHIP with six strikeouts over 18 innings in four starts with the Athletics.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Receiving MRI on hip and back
Rucinski will get an MRI on his left hip and lower back after reports showed degenerative changes, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Rucinski was originally placed on the injured list with a stomach issue, and he then suffered a low-grade MCL in his right knee. It now appears matters have gotten progressively worse for the right-hander. Rucinski isn't eligible to come off the 60-day injured IL until after the All-Star break, but a clearer timeline should be announced after the results of the MRI are made public.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Moved to 60-day IL
Oakland transferred Rucinski (illness/knee) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
This move clears out a 40-man roster spot for Yacksel Rios, who is joining the A's bullpen. Rucinski originally landed on the 15-day IL in late May due to a stomach illness and then recently suffered a low-grade MCL sprain in his right knee. He won't be eligible for activation until late July.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Over illness, nursing knee sprain
The Athletics announced Sunday that Rucinski has improved in his recovery from a gastrointestinal illness, but he's now recovering from a low-grade MCL sprain of his right knee, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Rucinski suffered the injury during a recent bullpen session and will now be barred from throwing for 2-to-3 weeks before he's cleared to resume ramping up again. Prior to landing on the shelf, Rucinski made four starts and was lit up to the tune of a 9.00 ERA and 2.28 WHIP in 18 innings. He could be facing an uphill battle to make it back from the 15-day injured list prior to the All-Star break, and Rucinski may be relegated to a bullpen role even if he makes it back before mid-July.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Placed on 15-day IL
Rucinski was placed on the 15-day injured list with a stomach illness Saturday.
The move was made retroactive to Wednesday (May 17), so the right-hander is eligible to return June 1, though the A's are off that day. In his absence, James Kaprielian was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and will start Sunday against the Astros.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Bumped back in rotation
Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said Rucinski is no longer lined up to start Sunday's game in Houston and is instead expected to take the hill Monday in Seattle, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Oakland will use Thursday's off day to reshuffle the rotation, with Kyle Muller moving ahead of Rucinski in the pitching order to stick on a four-day rest schedule between starts. As a result of the change, Rucinski will miss out on a two-start week, though it's unlikely many fantasy managers were including him in lineups after he's gone 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA, 2.28 WHIP and 6:14 K:BB in 18 innings through his first four outings. Though he's tentatively in line to get the start Monday in Seattle, Rucinski could be the odd man out of the rotation as soon as Paul Blackburn (finger) is cleared to return from the 15-day injured list.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Falls to 0-4
Rucinski (0-4) was the pitcher of record in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks after allowing five earned runs on six hits and five walks over 3.2 innings. He failed to strike out a batter.
Most of the damage against Rucinski came via the long ball, as Geraldo Perdomo and Lourdes Gurriel each ripped two-run homers against him. Rucinski continues to struggle with his command and he's now sporting an ugly 6:14 K:BB through 18 innings. His ERA jumped to 9.00 and he's given up at least five runs in each of his four MLB starts this season. Rucinski is currently lined up for a tough matchup in Houston this weekend.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Roughed up by Yankees
Rucinski (0-3) took the loss Tuesday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks over five innings in a 10-5 loss to the Yankees. He struck out two.
Though Rucinski managed to make it through the first two innings without a blemish, he could not bring the early success into the third, walking Jose Trevino and Aaron Hicks to open up what would become a five-run inning. Despite the rough frame, Rucinski did not allow a single extra-base hit, instead giving up four singles, a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly. The rest of the damage came in the seventh, when Gleyber Torres launched a two-run homer that plated Anthony Rizzo. Rucinski picked up his third loss in as many starts, dropping his ERA on the season to 8.16. Considering Rucinski has struck out just six batters in 14.1 innings, the right-hander should remain firmly out of fantasy consideration.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Struggles again Thursday
Rucinski (0-2) allowed five runs on four hits and five walks while striking out three over 3.2 innings, taking the loss Thursday versus the Mariners.
Rucinski opened with a pair of scoreless innings, but Taylor Trammell hit a two-run home run off the right-hander in the third. Rucinski then created a mess and allowed three runs in the fourth. The 34-year-old had a hamstring injury to start the season, and he hasn't shown much in his first two starts with a 7.71 ERA, 2.25 WHIP and 4:6 K:BB through 9.1 innings. If he gets another turn in the rotation, he's tentatively projected for a road start versus the Yankees next week.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Awarded another start
Rucinski is scheduled to start Thursday's game against the Mariners at Oakland Coliseum, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
After returning last week from a season-opening stint on the 15-day injured list, Rucinski stepped into the rotation for his Oakland debut and his first MLB appearance since 2018. Though Rucinski gave the team 5.2 innings in his start against the Reds, he was lit up for five runs (three earned) on 11 hits and one walk while striking out one. Rucinski's results weren't anything to get excited about, but the one-year, $3 million deal he received over the winter after spending the previous four seasons pitching in the Korea Baseball Organization represents some level of commitment from the penny-pinching Athletics. Expect the 34-year-old to continue picking up starts, especially while the team is lacking in appealing alternatives to replace him in the rotation.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Takes loss in return to MLB
Rucinski (0-1) took the loss Friday, allowing five runs on 11 hits and one walk over 5.2 innings against Cincinnati. He struck out one.
This was Rucinski's first start in MLB after pitching in Korea the past four years, and he totaled just five swinging strikes against Cincinnati. The right-hander is also coming off a hamstring injury, so it might be a while before he's fully back up to speed. The 34-year-old is tentatively slated to face the Mariners in his next start.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Activated for OAK debut
Rucinski (hamstring) was activated from the injured list and will make his A's debut Friday versus the Reds.
Rucinski missed the first four weeks of the 2023 regular season after suffering a left hamstring strain toward the end of spring training, but he's ready to rock now following a three-start minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas. The 34-year-old right-hander signed a one-year, $3 million contract with Oakland over the winter coming off a 2.97 ERA and 194:34 K:BB in 193.2 innings (31 starts) last year with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: On track for weekend debut
Rucinski (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the 15-day injured list to make a start during the Athletics' series with the Reds this weekend, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Rucinski pitched well Sunday in his final rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas and got through a recent bullpen session with no issues. The Athletics haven't named a starter for Friday's series opener, so that day is seemingly the most logical time that Rucinski will slot into the rotation. Rucinski, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with Oakland this offseason following a four-year run in the Korea Baseball Organization, has been sidelined since late March with a hamstring injury.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Bounces back in latest rehab
Rucinski (hamstring) fired 5.2 scoreless innings during which he allowed two hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over Sugar Land on Sunday.
Rucinski worked up to 72 pitches after tossing 62 in his previous rehab start, a fairly disastrous 2.2-inning stint where he allowed seven runs (five earned). The veteran right-hander's ability to bounce back impressively Sunday in what was his third minor-league outing overall could be enough to earn him activation, with a decision on that front likely in coming days.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Roughed up in second rehab start
Rucinski (hamstring) was tagged for seven runs (five earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out two across 2.2 innings in his second rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Rucinski built up his pitch count to 62 after tossing 45 pitches in his first rehab start April 12, but that was about the only positive takeaway in his second outing with Las Vegas. The right-hander threw only 35 of his pitches for strikes and retired only eight of the 17 batters he faced on the day. Despite his lackluster results through two rehab outings, Rucinski could still have a starting spot in Oakland waiting for him once he's activated from the 15-day injured list, given the low barrier for entry into the big-league rotation. He'll first make a third rehab start for Las Vegas on Sunday before the Athletics determine his next step.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Feels good after first rehab
Rucinski (hamstring), who logged his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, came away feeling good from his 45-pitch outing but will remain with the Aviators to build up his pitch count, the Associated Press reports.
The veteran right-hander worked two innings against Salt Lake, allowing two earned runs on six hits while recording two strikeouts. Rucinski is still expected to require at least one more rehab outing to prepare for his season debut, and Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the goal remains for Rucinski to be pitching at the big-league level before the end of April.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Rehab assignment set
Rucinski (hamstring) threw a 40-pitch side session Saturday and is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
The 32-year-old will be ticketed for approximately three innings and 45 pitches in his first rehab outing. If all continues without setbacks, Rucinski projects to make a late-April season debut.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Nearing rehab assignment
Rucinski (hamstring) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
If all goes smoothly during the workout, Rucinski will advance to a minor-league rehab assignment next week with Triple-A Las Vegas. The 34-year-old right-hander signed with the Athletics over the winter following four successful seasons in Korea. He should be part of Oakland's starting rotation by the end of April as he moves past a left hamstring strain that popped up in late March.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-2, 190 lbs|
|Birthplace: Neenah, WI|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|