A’s outfielder Esteury Ruiz could return from IL early August

Jul 26, 2023, 4:09 PM | Updated: 4:12 pm

Esteury Ruiz #1 of the Oakland Athletics is tagged out stealing third base by Josh Donaldson #28 of...

Esteury Ruiz #1 of the Oakland Athletics is tagged out stealing third base by Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees in the bottom of the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum on June 27, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Oakland A’s outfielder Esteury Ruiz is on track to join the club’s Triple-A team and begin a rehab assignment soon.

On July 6, shortly after he stole his 42nd steal of the season, setting a new franchise rookie record, Ruiz injured his shoulder diving back to first base. The team later announced he was diagnosed with a partial shoulder dislocation. He has been out of the lineup since then.

On Tuesday, July 25, manager Mark Kotsay provided an update on the rookie outfielder. According to the team, Ruiz is expected to join the Las Vegas Aviators shortly after the team concludes its two-game series with the San Francisco Giants.

“The rookie outfielder has progressed far enough in his throwing program to where the team feels his strength in his shoulder is back, which Kotsay had previous said was “the biggest thing” to watch in his recovery.”

Before his injury, Esteury Ruiz was on pace to steal 80 bases this season, which would have broken Kenny Lofton’s American League rookie record of 66 which was set in 1992.

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The team also announced they’ve reinstated Ramón Laureano from the injured list. The outfielder has been out since June 22, when he fractured his hand. This was Laureano’s second stint on the team’s IL this season. He spent time on the IL with a strained hamstring back in April.

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