Athletics newcomer Boog Powell makes club debut after asthma scare

Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis, center, celebrates with Boog Powell (3) after hitting a two-run home run off Baltimore Orioles' Dylan Bundy during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
AP Photo/Ben Margot

The Oakland Athletics recently acquired outfielder Boog Powell from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for All-Star first baseman Yonder Alonso. However, Powell’s club debut was ultimately delayed as the up-and-coming outfielder ended up in the emergency room on Friday evening.

While struggling to breathe prior to the club’s matchup against the Baltimore Orioles, Powell was said to have experienced an asthma attack.

“Yesterday, I was so let down with myself not being able to make my debut with the A’s,” Powell said, via the Associated Press. “Today’s the day.”

Upon eventually taking the field on Saturday evening against the Orioles, which resulted in a 12-5 loss for Oakland, Powell finished the outing 1-for-4 with one walk, one run scored and three strikeouts.

“I think it was just a mixture of being sick, just a bunch of stuff stuck,” the Athletics newcomer added. “I don’t know what it was. Yesterday during BP, I honestly couldn’t breathe. I was breathing like 50 percent. I went to the ER and had them take a look at me. They gave me a breathing treatment, and I started coughing up all the stuff that was in me. Woke up this morning and felt better, came here at 12 and ran outside — ran as much as I would in any game — and I could tolerate it.”

Athletics manager Bob Melvin had originally penciled Powell into the Friday lineup as his leadoff hitter and center fielder, which he managed to do come Saturday.

“Obviously, yesterday didn’t go the way he wanted it to, a little bit of a respiratory infection and had some asthma issues,” Melvin said. “Just didn’t feel like it was right thing to do. But he feels good today. He was out here running, and he’s ready to go.”

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