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Athletics Place Alex Wood On 15-Day Injured List; Transfer Darell Hernaiz To 60-Day IL

Athletics Place Alex Wood On 15-Day Injured List; Transfer Darell Hernaiz To 60-Day IL

The Athletics announced several transactions today, with right-hander Aaron Brooks selected to the roster, a move that was reported on Monday. They also recalled left-hander Hogan Harris from Triple-A Las Vegas. To open spots on the active roster for those two, left-hander Brady Basso was optioned to Vegas and fellow lefty Alex Wood was placed on the 15-day injured list with left rotator cuff tendonitis, retroactive to May 13. To open a 40-man spot for Brooks, infielder Darell Hernaiz was transferred to the 60-day IL.

Wood only lasted two innings in his most recent start on Sunday. After the game, manager Mark Kotsay revealed that the lefty had been battling a shoulder injury. “Alex has been grinding,” Kotsay said, as relayed by Martín Gallegos of on X. “He hasn’t felt great. He gave us everything he had.” The club took a few days, perhaps seeing how Wood’s shoulder felt with some space from that outing, but have evidently decided to give him some time on the shelf.

The A’s have had Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina and Freddy Tarnok on the injured list all year. In the past ten days, Joe Boyle, Paul Blackburn and now Wood have joined them. That leaves Oakland with a rotation core of JP Sears and Ross Stripling. Right-hander Joey Estes was recalled recently and has made one start for the club, with Brooks now joining him in the ad hoc rotation mix.

Wood was scheduled to take the ball again on Friday, so the A’s will need another starter in a couple of days. Harris has been starting in Triple-A this year and could be an option, though he has a 7.56 earned run average at that level. Osvaldo Bido was previously recalled for a spot start but didn’t last through the third inning. Royber Salinas is on the 40-man but has just one Triple-A start to this point in his career. Kyle Muller and Mitch Spence are each in the big league bullpen but both of them have lots of minor league starting experience.

As for Hernaiz, he was placed on the 10-day IL a week ago with a left ankle sprain that was described as “severe,” per Gallegos on X. A further update from Gallegos on X relayed that Hernaiz will not require surgery but he will be in a walking boot. Kotsay said it’s going to “take some time” to heal. It seems the club doesn’t expect Hernaiz back before July, as he’ll be ineligible to return before then.

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