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A's Puk goes on IL, Giants without Belt, Longoria to start

Oakland Athletics' A.J. Puk runs a drill during spring training baseball practice, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt runs during a baseball practice on Friday, July 3, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, left, walks beside Brandon Belt during a baseball practice on Friday, July 3, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Phot...
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, bottom, fields a ball in front of assistant coach Ron Wotus during a baseball practice in San Francis...
San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria throws a ball during a baseball practice in San Francisco, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken, left, watches from the dugout as Tyler Heineman (81) slides under third baseman Evan Longoria duri...
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin pitches during baseball practice Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler walks on the field during baseball practice in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Oakland Athletics' A.J. Puk runs a drill during spring training baseball practice, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt runs during a baseball practice on Friday, July 3, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, left, walks beside Brandon Belt during a baseball practice on Friday, July 3, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Phot...

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, bottom, fields a ball in front of assistant coach Ron Wotus during a baseball practice in San Francis...

San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria throws a ball during a baseball practice in San Francisco, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken, left, watches from the dugout as Tyler Heineman (81) slides under third baseman Evan Longoria duri...

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin pitches during baseball practice Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler walks on the field during baseball practice in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics left-hander A.J. Puk was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained shoulder and traveled to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Puk, a top prospect expected to be in the A's rotation once healthy, was also bothered by the issue during spring training months ago.

He felt it in a recent intrasquad game and had his outing cut short. Right-hander Daniel Mengden will fill that spot at the back end of the A’s rotation, manager Bob Melvin said before an exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants.

“The fact that we have to put him on the DL right away obviously there’s a level of concern,” Melvin said. “We want to make sure we get this right before we throw him back out there again.”

The Giants, meanwhile, will be missing two key members of their infield for opening day Thursday in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. First baseman Brandon Belt is nursing a sore right heel while third baseman Evan Longoria has a moderate oblique strain on the right side.

“I don't think it's realistic at this point being so close that either Brandon or Evan are going to be ready for opening day,” manager Gabe Kapler said Monday. “I think it's going to be a few days into the season. We're hustling to get those guys ready as quickly as possible but without the full intensity running reps that Brandon and Evan need, they're just not quite going to be ready for the opening day assignment against the Dodgers. Not ruling out any point in the series."

San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence was held out of Monday's lineup only as a precaution. He has been bothered by inflammation in his right foot.

“Everything is good with Hunter,” Kapler said. “We're just kind of monitoring his workload. We are very confident in where Hunter is. He got some live reps today at the ballpark earlier and a good practice session in. Part of this is just staging out the progression to opening day at this point. ... We're really thinking about getting guys to opening day as healthy as possible.”

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Updated : 2021-01-24 02:33 GMT+08:00