Drew Luchinski, 34, has a long road ahead of him to reach the major leagues after a stellar career with the NC Dinos of the KBO.
Oakland manager Mark Katsay gave an update on Luchinski’s status in an interview before the team’s home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 7.
The news is not good. “My knee tweaked during my last bullpen outing, and we’re getting it checked out right now. That’s the best information I can give you,” Luchinski said of the setback in his rehab.
Luchinski was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 16 with abdominal pain after a home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It’s been an unusually long absence for an injury, and now there’s an explanation.
After a successful career in 메이저사이트 NC over the past four seasons, going 53-36 with a 3.06 ERA in 121 starts, Luchinski signed a one-year deal with Oakland before the season with a team option for 2024.
He had hoped to strike gold, but the reality was harsh. He opened the season on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, and even after returning, he struggled to a 9.00 ERA (22 runs, 18 earned) in four starts.
And his body hasn’t followed suit. He’s been plagued by injuries, and his absence is getting longer.
Meanwhile, Oakland sent outfielder Nick Allen down to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled infielder Kevin Smith ahead of today’s game.