The A’s have activated James Kaprielian from the IL and optioned Daulton Jefferies to Triple-A, per a team announcement. This reverses the roster move from 10 days ago, where Kaprielian was placed on the IL with a shoulder impingement and Jefferies being recalled to take his place. At the time, it was hoped that the shoulder issue was a minor one and wouldn’t require a long absence, a hope that has indeed come to fruition.
The return of Kaprielian strengthens Oakland’s rotation as they try to hold onto the American League’s last playoff spot. Going into Sunday’s action, they are just 1 1/2 games ahead of the surging Yankees. The 27-year-old has forced his way into the rotation with an excellent season thus far, throwing 72 1/3 innings with an ERA of 3.24, strikeout rate of 26.5% and walk rate of 9.1%.
As for Jefferies, he only got a single emergency start, going five innings, allowing three earned runs off three hits, three walks and three strikeouts. He’ll now return to Triple-A, where he has a 5.19 ERA over 59 innings this year.