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Oakland Athletics option Frankie Montas, recall Ryan Dull

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Frankie Montas pitches for the Oakland Athletics in 2017. (Courtesy Oakland Athletics)

A day after he shut down the world champion Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas has been sent down to Triple-A Nashville. In a companion move, the A’s recalled right-handed reliever Ryan Dull from Triple-A.

Montas, 25, has been a key piece of the Oakland rotation since being recalled from Nashville on May 27. He’s gone 5-2 in eight starts, with a 3.35 ERA, and pitched into the sixth inning in seven of those outings.

On Monday, he allowed three hits and two walks in six innings against the Astros in a 2-0 A’s win. Before being called up in May, Montas was 1-5 with a 4.39 in the offense-happy Pacific Coast League.

Dull, 28, joins the A’s for the third time this season and has no decisions, a 5.06 ERA and .306 opponents batting average in 17 appearances. He began the season on the disabled list and was reinstated on April 14. He compiled a 6.30 ERA in 12 games before being sent down to Nashville on May 18.

He returned the next day and allowed two runs in 6.0 innings over five games before he was optioned again on June 8. While with the Sounds after his most recent option, Dull posted a 2.61 ERA in nine games. He has a 2.51 ERA in 12 games overall at Triple-A.


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