Athletics to call up No. 1 prospect

Oakland Athletics to call up No. 1 prospect Jesús Luzardo

  • Oakland Athletic pitchers Jesus Luzardo participates in fielding drills during spring training at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

  • Jesus Luzardo #44 of the Oakland Athletics delivers a pitch during the spring training game against the Texas Rangers at HoHoKam Stadium on March 05, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona.

  • Oakland Athletic pitchers Jesus Luzardo and Mike Fiers participate in fielding drills during spring training at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

  • The Oakland Athletics’ Jesus Luzardo warms up during the team’s spring training camp in Mesa, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

  • Jesus Luzardo #44 of the Oakland Athletics is relieved by manager manager Bob Melvin #6 during the spring training game against the Texas Rangers at HoHoKam Stadium on March 05, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

  • Oakland Athletic pitcher Jesus Luzardo participates in fielding drills during spring training at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

  • Pitcher Jesus Luzardo #44 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during photo day at HoHoKam Stadium on February 19, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Jesus Luzardo #44 of the Oakland Athletics throws a warm up pitch for the spring training game against the Texas Rangers at HoHoKam Stadium on March 05, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

  • MESA, ARIZ. – FEB. 16: Oakland Athletic pitcher Jesus Luzardo participates in fielding drills during spring training at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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Athletics to call up No. 1 prospect

OAKLAND — The A’s are expected to call up No. 1 prospect Jesús Luzardo, MLB.com and the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Luzardo should join the team for a key four-game series in Houston.

The left-handed pitching prospect is expected to be a centerpiece starter in the A’s future rotation, but could pitch out of the bullpen in Oakland due to a crowded, quasi-six-man rotation.

Luzardo’s last outing with the Las Vegas Aviators came in a PCL playoff game. He struck out seven and gave up a home run in 5.2 innings. He has a 3.19 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 31 innings with the Aviators this year.

Luzardo was shut down in March with a shoulder strain, then suffered a setback in July with a lat strain.

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