OAKLAND — A day after Sean Manaea endured his worst start of his major league career, Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin addressed the ongoing struggles of the second-year starter.
“Physically he feels good,” Melvin said. “So, that’s the most important thing and he’s just going through a tough stretch and last night was the toughest of this stretch that he’s going through. So, there are times that you’ve got to settle in and say, ‘Okay, what are my strengths? Let’s just go ahead and do that.’”
Manaea retired just one out on Saturday night against the Baltimore Orioles, surrendering six runs on six hits and a walk. With that performance the 6-foot-5 lefty has now let in 18 runs — 13 earned — in three August starts, while pitching just 6.2 innings combined.
“When push comes to shove, you have to stay with what you do well,” Melvin added. “So, just it’s a tough period for him right now but he’ll get through it.”
Melvin does not plan to skip Manaea’s next turn, pointing out that the starter only totaled 28 pitches against the Orioles.
Phegley to begin rehab this week
Josh Phegley, who’s been shelved with a strained left oblique since July 25, will work out with the team on Monday.
The catcher will fly out to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday and could serve as the designated hitter as soon as that night. Melvin said it’s more like Phegley begins that rehab on Wednesday.