A’s place Ruiz on 10-day IL with right shoulder injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Two days after Esteury Ruiz made Athletics history, Oakland will be without its speedy rookie outfielder when the team begins a three-game road series against the Boston Red Sox on Friday.
The A’s placed Ruiz on the 10-day injured list Friday after tests revealed a right shoulder subluxation, the team announced, suffered as he dove back to first base during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 12-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
A’s manager Mark Kotsay told reporters after the game Ruiz would undergo X-rays and a possible MRI for his shoulder the next day, and the 24-year-old didn’t suit up for Oakland’s 9-0 loss to Detroit on Thursday despite staying in Wednesday’s game.
Before injuring his shoulder, Ruiz made A’s history earlier in the game Wednesday when he notched his American League-leading 43rd stolen base to set a franchise rookie record — a crown previously worn by former A’s outfielder Mitchell Page, who stole 42 bases as a rookie in 1977.
Ruiz’s IL stint is retroactive to July 6, meaning the outfielder could return to the A’s lineup in time for their series finale against the Minnesota Twins on July 16 at Oakland Coliseum.
In other moves Friday, Oakland also recalled right-handed pitcher Angel Felipe and selected outfielder Cody Thomas from Triple-A Las Vegas while designating right-handed pitcher Rico Garcia for assignment.
Despite their MLB-worst record of 25-64 so far, Ruiz has been a bright spot for the A’s in 2023, and his absence both on the bases and in the outfield will certainly be felt by Oakland.