A's Pitcher Heads to Injured List

The 15-day injured list has come back into effect for pitchers as of the month of May, and the Oakland Athletics have been forced to use it for starter Cole Irvin due to a sore throwing shoulder.

Irvin had been off to a strong start in 2022, with a 2.93 ERA, and a 1.15 WHIP. He's only allowed two runs in total through his last three starts. This will leave a big hole in the A's starting rotation that will initially have to be filled by a rookie. Left-hander Zach Logue, who the team recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas will apparently get the first look.

Logue is the A's No. 20 prospect, as noted by beat reporter Martin Gallegos, and he's expected to get the start in Minnesota tonight for the A's. The 26-year-old was one of four players acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Matt Chapman trade prior to the season. He hasn't had a rollicking start to the season in Triple-A, however, registering a 5.63 ERA in four starts. 

The 28-year-old Irvin was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2021 season, and stepped into the A's rotation, piling up a league-leading 32 starts (as well as a league-leading 15 losses to go with 10 wins) with a 4.24 ERA.  

There's no word on how long Irvin will be out, as the only diagnosis the A's are offering at this point is shoulder "tightness."

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