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Piscotty reinstated from bereavement list, will join team in Boston; Graveman optioned to Triple-A

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Stephen Piscotty stands for the national anthem on May 8 as a sign honoring his mother is held in the right field stands. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)

The Oakland A’s have officially reinstated outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the bereavement list, after the passing of his mother Gretchen and the celebration of life on Monday.

Gretchen passed away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease — on May 6, after a yearlong battle that saw her son traded from the St. Louis Cardinals back home to Oakland, in order to be by her side.

Piscotty took the next day off after his mother’s passing, and then, in an emotional return on May 8, singled to right field in his first at-bat. Piscotty will start on Tuesday in Boston and play right field, batting eighth.

Piscotty missed the entire series against the New York Yankees, but will join the team in Boston as they complete a three-game set against the Red Sox, before heading to Toronto for four with the Blue Jays. 

The 27-year old outfielder was hitting .248 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 34 games (all starts in right field) for Oakland when he was placed on the bereavement list Friday.  He was hitting .125 in seven games in May after batting .294 in 24 games in April.

In a companion move, pitcher Kendall Graveman was sent back down to Triple-A Nashville.

Graveman, the A’s Opening Day starter, was sent down on April 26 with a record of 0-5 and an ERA of 8.89 in six starts. He was recalled last Friday and made one start in his brief return, beating the Yankees after allowing four runs, one earned, in six innings.

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