Oakland Athletics: A’s recall Jake Smolinski, option Chris Bassitt after stellar start

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s announced on Sunday that they have recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville, and optioned right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt back to Nashville.

Smolinski made the A’s Opening Day roster and hit .118 with two RBI in 16 games with the club before he was optioned to Nashville on May 16.

While down in Triple-A, Smolinski hit .260 with seven home runs and 12 RBI in 21 games, adding 11 walks for a .360 on-base percentage.  His seven homers were tied for third most in the Pacific Coast League since he joined Nashville on May 17.

Over the last nine games, Smolinski, 29, is hitting .355 with five home runs and eight RBIs. 

Bassitt has been called up three times this year, most recently yesterday for a spot start against the Kansas City Royals. In his first Major League appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 6, 2016, he took the loss, despite allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings.

Bassitt had gone 2-3 with a 6.10 ERA in Nashville this year, allowing a .314 opponents batting average in 10 games, including seven starts.

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