A's call up prospect James Kaprielian, place pitcher Jordan Weems on IL

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Dalton Johnson
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The wait is over. The A's called up highly-touted pitching prospect James Kaprielian on Tuesday and placed pitcher Jordan Weems on the 10-day IL with a strained right latissimus dorsi in a corresponding move.

Kaprielian, 26, was the No. 16 pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. The A's acquired the right-hander, along with Dustin Fowler and Jorge Mateo, from the Yankees for Sonny Gray on July 31, 2017. 

The UCLA product has dealt with injuries for much of his minor league career. He missed the entire 2017 and 2018 seasons after sustaining an elbow injury in 2016 and undergoing Tommy John surgery the following the year. But in 2019, he was back on the bump

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Between three levels last season -- Advanced Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A -- Kaprielian went 4-3 with a 3.18 ERA. Over 68 innings, he struck out 75 batters and had a 1.10 WHIP. He appeared in 19 games, making 16 starts.

Weems, 27, has a 3.60 ERA over five innings this season.

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