The Oakland Athletics have made significant roster shifts as they prepare for the 2024 season. On Thursday, the team announced the outrighting of right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian to Triple-A Las Vegas, following a year marked by injury and recovery.
Kaprielian, known for his prowess on the mound, underwent surgery this past August to repair the posterior labrum in his right shoulder. This move comes after Kaprielian spent a considerable time on the 60-day injured list.
James Kaprielian, 29, had been a promising figure in the Athletics' lineup. Before his unfortunate injury in 2023, Kaprielian took the mound for 14 outings, 11 of which were starts. However, the season proved challenging for him.
He posted a 2-6 record, accompanied by an elevated ERA of 6.34 (5.08 FIP). His stats further indicated struggles, with a 1.59 WHIP, 31 walks, and 57 strikeouts over 61 innings of play. It was indeed a departure from his earlier form, given that he's recorded a career 4.61 ERA (4.67 FIP), 1.35 WHIP, and an impressive 282 strikeouts across 66 outings, 58 being starts, during his four seasons in the big leagues.
A's Triple-A Roster Shifts
In addition to Kaprielian, left-hander Sam Long and catcher Carlos Perez were also assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas. While these moves may surprise some fans, it's a strategic decision on the A's part as they recalibrate for the upcoming season.
A significant question looms: will Kaprielian be in full form by the start of spring training in 2024? Given the recovery timeline for such surgeries, his return to peak performance remains uncertain. However, the Athletics organization and its dedicated fanbase surely hold hope for his swift and effective recovery.
As the MLB off-season continues to unfold, all eyes will be on teams like the A's, making key decisions to shape their roster and increase their competitiveness. With Kaprielian's record and potential, his journey back to the main stage will undoubtedly be one to watch.