The A’s have placed Mike Fiers on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right elbow, per the team. The move is retroactive to May 7th. This will be Fiers second stint on the injured list this season. The right-hander has been tagged for eight earned runs in just 9 1/3 innings across two starts. He has given up 15 hits while walking four and allowing four home runs.
Burch Smith has been reinstated from the injured list to take Fiers’ place on the roster. The 31-year-old right-hander will go back to the bullpen where he has logged three innings through a pair of relief appearances this season. He allowed one earned run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout.
The A’s now have three potential rotation arms on the injured list in Fiers, Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk.Daulton Jefferies, Grant Holmes, or James Kaprielian could be called upon to join the big league rotation in the next couple of days. All three are on the 40-man roster, though none of the three have significant experience at the Major League level. The A’s have a day off on Monday, so Oakland could push Fiers’ spot in the rotation until as late as Wednesday.