RP - ARI
The A's placed RP J.B. Wendelken on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique.
The move was made prior to Sunday's game. Wednelken had been serving a critical relief role in Oakland's pen thus far.
J.B. Wendelken earned his second hold of the season Friday against Baltimore, tossing a scoreless eighth inning.
Wendelken worked around a two-out single by Pedro Severino, tossing a scoreless inning.
J.B. Wendelken threw a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts Saturday against Houston.
Wendelken struck out Myles Straw and Martin Maldonado to close out the game for the Athletics. This was the sixth appearance of the season for Wendelken, allowing one run in four innings pitched.
J.B. Wendelken blew a save and took the loss on Monday in Game 1 of the ALDS as he allowed four runs, none earned, on three hits with one strikeout over 2/3 of an inning in the A's 10-5 loss to the Astros.
Wendelken entered in the sixth inning to protect a 5-3 lead. He got two quick outs before a Marcus Semien error, a mishandled grounder, allowed Josh Reddick to reach base. It all fell apart after that as the Astros recorded three straight hits to take the lead. Officially, Wendelken didn't allow a run as none of them were technically earned but he was still saddled with the blown save and the loss.
J.B. Wendelken pitched three innings, had one strikeout and allowed one unearned run while picking up the W during the A's 13-inning victory on Friday night.
This was the first time Wendelken has thrown for more than one inning this season and he was rewarded with his first win of the year. On the season, he has recorded six strikeouts in five games, boasting an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.000. While the reliever's low usage rate offers little to no fantasy value, an outing like Friday night's could give manager Bob Melvin more trust in him, which is something to keep an eye on down the road.