Esteury Ruiz homers after being recalled by Athletics from Triple-A

Apr 16, 2024, 9:38 AM

Esteury Ruiz #1 of the Oakland Athletics runs past Nolan Arenado #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals aft...

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 15: Esteury Ruiz #1 of the Oakland Athletics runs past Nolan Arenado #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals after he hit a home run off of JoJo Romero #59 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Oakland Coliseum on April 15, 2024 in Oakland, California. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Esteury Ruiz made an immediate impact in his return to Oakland.

The 25-year-old outfielder was on the A’s opening day roster but was optioned to Triple-A in the middle of the team’s second series against the Boston Red Sox.

At the time, manager Mark Kotsay explained the move was done to help Ruiz’s hitting. And it appears the time in Las Vegas helped. Oakland recalled Ruiz ahead of Monday’s 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pinch-hitting for Lawrence Butler, Esteury Ruiz gave the A’s their lone run when he blasted a home run to left field.

After the game, Kotsay said it was a great at-bat for the young outfielder.

“The swing is definitely looking better, more direct and the result was exactly what, you know, when you take good swing on a ball in the middle that he’s capable of doing. So that’s a good sign,” Kotsay told media.

With the help of a translator, Ruiz told reporters he worked on mechanics while in Triple-A.

The A’s also placed J.D. Davis on the 10-day injured list with a right adductor strain.

Upcoming schedule for Esteury Ruiz and the Oakland Athletics

  • Monday, April 15-Wednesday, April 17th – vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21 – @ Cleveland Guardians
  • Monday, April 22-Thursday, April 25 – @ New York Yankees
  • Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28 – @ Baltimore Orioles

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