Injuries & Moves: Stripling set to return from IL

July 24th, 2024


July 24: RHP expected to return on Thursday
Stripling is expected to be reinstated from the injured list in time to start Thursday's series opener against the Angels in Anaheim. The right-hander was part of Oakland's Opening Day starting rotation and posted a 5.82 ERA in 11 starts before landing on the 10-day IL on May 25 with a strained right elbow.

July 23: 3B Tommy White signs first pro contract
The A's selected White out of LSU in the second round of the 2024 MLB Draft with the No. 40 overall pick. A source told MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis that the deal is worth $3 million, which is above the $2,332,100 slot value for the No. 40 pick.

White, who earned the nickname “Tommy Tanks” in college, slugged 75 home runs and posted a 1.123 OPS in 187 games across three seasons, beginning at North Carolina State in 2022 and continuing at LSU from 2023-24. The 21-year-old, ranked as the No. 20 Draft prospect by MLB Pipeline, will report to the A's Minor League complex in Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday and is expected to join Single-A Stockton within the next couple of weeks.


RHP (right elbow flexor strain)
Expected return:
July 25
After feeling healthy following a bullpen session at the Coliseum on July 23, Stripling is expected to be activated off the IL in time to start the series opener against the Angels on July 25 at Angel Stadium. (Last updated: July 24)

SS (left hamstring strain)
Expected return: August
Wilson's placement on the 10-day IL is retroactive to July 20, though he is unlikely to return when first eligible on July 30. The A's will continue to monitor Wilson's recovery, with a better timeline likely available later during the week of July 22. (Last updated: July 21)

OF (left wrist strain)
Expected return: Unknown
After playing five rehab games in the Minors, Ruiz was pulled off his rehab assignment after still feeling discomfort in his injured left wrist. He was set to be re-evaluated by a wrist specialist on July 22 and is currently shut down from all baseball activities. (Last updated: July 20)

RHP (right elbow sprain)
Expected return: TBD
Medina was placed on the IL on July 13, two days after allowing six runs in five-plus innings against the Red Sox. His velocity was down early in the game -- sitting in the 93-95 mph range -- but he was able to rear back and touch 100 as the game progressed.

Manager Mark Kotsay said on July 13 that he expects Medina to miss "significant" time, while adding the team will likely get a second opinion after the All-Star break. Medina, who began the year on the injured list with a right knee sprain, had compiled a 2-4 record and a 5.18 ERA over eight starts. (Last updated: July 13)

1B (stress reaction in left wrist)
Expected return:
Late July or early August
Soderstrom was placed on the IL on July 11 (retroactive to July 10) with a left wrist injury. He underwent testing that revealed a stress reaction, but no fracture, which manager Mark Kotsay said was the best news the team could have hoped for. Soderstrom was expected to wear a splint for a week to 10 days, then begin strengthening exercises and ramping back up. (Last updated: July 12)

RHP (strained left oblique)
Expected return: September
Jiménez’s placement on the IL is retroactive to June 20, though he is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks after an MRI exam revealed a Grade 2 strain of his left oblique. He is currently shut down from all baseball activities. (Last updated: June 23)


RHP (right foot stress reaction)
Expected return: Late July
Blackburn came away feeling healthy from a bullpen session at the Coliseum on July 23. He is expected to be activated off the injured list at some point during Oakland's four-game road series against the Angels from July 25-28. (Last updated: July 23)

SS (left ankle sprain)
Expected return: August
Hernaiz was scheduled to play his first Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas on July 20. Given that he has been out of game action since May 8, A's manager Mark Kotsay indicated that the shortstop will need several rehab games before returning to the big league club. (Last updated: July 20)

LHP (left rotator cuff tendinitis)
Expected return: TBD
Wood received a PRP injection during the week of June 10 and remains shut down from throwing, with no timetable to resume. (Last updated: June 28)

LHP (left elbow sprain)
Expected return: June 2025
Waldichuk underwent a successful Tommy John surgery and internal brace procedure with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on May 15. Sidelined for the remainder of the 2024 season, the A’s estimate a recovery timeline of 13 months, which puts Waldichuk in line for a potential return to Major League action next June. (Last updated: May 16) More >>

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return
: 2025
After feeling discomfort following his Cactus League outing on March 16 against the Brewers, MRI exam results revealed a full tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in Gott’s right elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery on April 3, and will miss the entire 2024 season. (Last updated: April 3)