Melvin hopes change of scenery gets new setup man back on track

Bob Melvin inked a contract extension on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Bob Melvin inked a contract extension on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND — A day after the Oakland A’s acquired Blake Treinen from the Washington Nationals, the one-time green and gold draft pick arrived in the Coliseum clubhouse.

“I’m excited to be back here,” the 29-year-old said. “This is where it started. I was drafted by these guys and they gave me the opportunity to play pro ball.

Originally selected by Oakland in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, the A’s sent Treinen to the nation’s capital in Jan. of 2013 as part of a three-team swap.

“It’s exciting,” Treinen added. “[It’s a] new chapter.”

Manager Bob Melvin plans to slot Treinen into the setup role vacated by Ryan Madson, who along with Sean Doolittle, exited Oakland in the swap.

“He’s got a big arm,” Melvin said. “The velocity’s there, but there’s also some sink involved there too. So he knows he’ll be one of those guys leading up to [Santiago] Casilla in the ninth and we feel good about it.”

After posting a 2.28 ERA in 73 outings a season ago, Treinen has struggled to the tune of a 5.73 ERA. The reliever has been especially ineffective on the road – lugging around a 9.00 ERA and a .410 opponents average.

Melvin hopes that a fresh start is just what is needed for his new relief pitcher, who still boasts a sinker that averages nearly 97 mph.

“I think a change of scenery always helps when you’re having a little bit of a difficult time. I mean, look at Stephen Vogt,” Melvin said of the ex-A’s catcher who has four homers in 11 games since joining the Milwaukee Brewers.

Dull and Pinder nearing returns

Melvin said that right-hander Ryan Dull, who is rehabbing a strained right knee, could return as soon as the series with the Toronto Blue Jays, beginning July 24. Dull hasn’t pitched since May 19.

Chad Pinder, who’s been out with strained left hamstring since June 24, is ready to head out on a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and could be back with the team for the next homestand (beginning July 28).blake treinenBob Melvinchad pinderMLBOakland AthleticsRyan Dull

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