The Oakland A’s on Friday recalled right-handed pitchers Josh Lucas and Emilio Pagán from Triple-A Nashville, in order to get some fresh arms in the bullpen as they ready for the final three games of a four-game set in Toronto.
Right-hander Andrew Triggs — who exited in the third inning on Thursday due to forearm nerve discomfort — was placed on the 10-day disabled list (right arm nerve irritation) and right-hander Ryan Dull was optioned to Nashville, in corresponding moves.
Dull struggled to finish off the eighth on Thursday, getting two outs and allowing a hit and a run before being replaced by Lou Trivino.
For Lucas, acquired on March 31 from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Casey Meisner, it’s his second stint with the A’s, after pitching just once during his first call up.
Lucas was recalled April 20, and tossed 3.0 scoreless innings against Boston that day before being sent back to Nashville the next day. The 27-year-old pitched five times for the Sounds following his April 21 option and recorded a 4.50 ERA and one save.
On the season, Lucas has a 2.53 ERA and a .147 opponents batting average. Last season in Triple-A, he posted a 3.15 ERA in 60 innings of work, striking out 68 and walking 12, with a 2.85 fielding-independent ERA (FIP).
Pagán was on the A’s Opening Day roster and in his first six appearances, posted a 2.70 ERA. He then allowed at least one run in each of his next six outings.
Pagán, 27, had a 5.93 ERA and .333 opponents batting average in 12 games overall before he was sent down to Nashville May 2. He pitched in five games for the Sounds after the demotion, with a 3.00 ERA and .208 opponents batting average.
Triggs was 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA in nine starts before leaving after 2.1 innings in Toronto. He has held opponents to a .231 batting average, including .200 with runners in scoring position.
Dull had started the season on the disabled list (strained right shoulder), and had a 2.25 ERA in three rehab appearances in Triple-A, before being reinstated on April 14. Since his return to the big leagues, he had a 6.30 ERA and .325 opponents batting average in 12 relief appearances.