The Oakland Athletics have officially reinstated right-handed starter Paul Blackburn from the 60-day disabled list, the club announced on Thursday. While Blackburn returns to the 40-man roster, outfielder Boog Powell (right knee) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for him, and catcher Bruce Maxwell has been optioned to Triple-A.
Blackburn was 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in six spring training games, including three starts, before a right forearm strain sent him to the 10-day disabled list. He was then transferred to the 60-day disabled list on April 5.
Blackburn made a rehab start one week ago ago for High-A Stockton, and threw 62 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out one.
Maxwell had appeared in just 18 games with Oakland and was batting .182 with a home run and six RBI, starting 16 games at catcher. He went 2-for-3 in his last start on June 2, with his first home run of the year, and two RBIs.
Powell was on the A’s Opening Day roster and hit .167 in seven games before going on the disabled list retroactive to April 7 with a sprained right knee.