No. 1 Athletics’ prospect to make big league debut in next few days

Athletics' Jesús Luzardo could make debut Wednesday or Thursday; Ramón Laureano starts in right field

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. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

HOUSTON — Jesús Luzardo last pitched Friday with the Las Vegas Aviators — 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts, to be exact.

That means Luzardo should be ready to make his big league debut as early as Wednesday. And manager Bob Melvin on Wednesday sounded intent on not messing with a starter’s routine.

“I’d like to get him in, yeah,” Melvin said. “I don’t want him sitting around too long. Guys are used to routines as a starter and pitching on a certain day. So whether it’s today or tomorrow, yeah I’d like to get him in really quickly.”

Melvin isn’t looking for the perfect landing spot for Luzardo to make his A’s debut — as we learned with A.J. Puk, there doesn’t seem to be the perfect landing spot for a pitcher making his debut out of the bullpen — though Melvin is intent on giving him a clean inning.

— Ramón Laureano will move away from his center field turf and make his first big league start in right field. He’s played 241 innings in right field in the minors, most recently with the Nashville Sounds in 2018.

“It’s like home to me,” Laureano said.

The move to right field limits the grass Laureano must traverse to make a play, which will help limit damage on his shin. Laureano said he is “good enough to play.”

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