A’s outfielder Esteury Ruiz leaves Wednesday’s win early with injury

Jul 6, 2023, 10:35 AM

Esteury Ruiz #1 of the Oakland Athletics steals a base in the second inning next to Zack Short #59 ...

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 05: Esteury Ruiz #1 of the Oakland Athletics steals a base in the second inning next to Zack Short #59 of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 05, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wednesday was a day of highs and possibly lows for Oakland A’s outfielder Esteury Ruiz.

Early in the team’s 12-3 win over the Detroit Tigers, Ruiz stole second base, his 42nd steal of the season, setting a new franchise rookie record. The 46-year-old record was previously set by Mitchell Page in 1977.

However, later in the game, the 24-year-old outfielder appeared to injure his should diving back to first base. A’s manager Mark Kotsay told reporters after the game Ruiz will have an X-Ray and “possibly an MRI” on Thursday.

“It’s his throwing arm and the dive back in, he felt something and wasn’t sure if there was a pop, but we’re going to get it examined,” Kotsay said.

The American League rookie record was set in 1992 by Kenny Lofton and still stands today. Prior to his injury, MLB tweeted that Ruiz is on pace to steal 80 bases this season, which would break Lofton’s record.


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