Gators in Transactions: Puk gets the call

A.J. Puk of the Oakland Athletics. [AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Former Florida athletes making moves in the pro ranks:


Oakland is expected to call up top pitching prospect A.J. Puk before its series opener against the New York Yankees, a potential postseason preview. The 6-foot-7 Puk is a hard-throwing lefty with long hair who was drafted sixth overall in 2016 out of the University of Florida. He could provide a new weapon out of the bullpen for the A’s, in a tight race with Cleveland and Tampa Bay for the two AL wild cards.

Puk, 24, has made 18 minor-league appearances since returning this year. He’s thrown 25 innings and fanned 38 batters while issuing 10 walks and permitting seven home runs. He had Tommy John surgery last year.

Puk was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas. He is on a innings restriction and working out of the bullpen.


Washington Redskins — Signed former UF defensive tackle Khairi Clark, who was signed by Jacksonville immediately following the draft as a free agent, but he was waived just a month later.