OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics starter Trevor Cahill hobbled around the home clubhouse with a gray plastic boot immobilizing his right ankle on Thursday morning, after having been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a strained right Achilles.
“We thought we had a chance to get him back, and it just wasn’t the case,” Melvin said. “He hasn’t responded, and now he’s wearing the boot, so we really have no idea how long it’ll be. I’m not even going to try to handicap it, because, when I do, I end up looking like a fool.”
With left-handed reliever Danny Coulombe being optioned to Nashville, Oakland recalled right-handers Chris Bassitt and Carlos Ramirez. Bassitt will start Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. He’s made the trip up to the majors three times this season, pitching just once, and seemed happy to be back in the A’s clubhouse.
“He’s had a tough year to this point, but it’s kind of come full circle back for him,” Melvin said of Bassitt. “And I know he’s in a pretty good mood right now. When he got here this morning, he had a big smile on his face, and rightly so. So it shows you, hard work and perseverance — sometimes it doesn’t look great for you, and it can change real quickly, and that’s been the case for him.”
In his spot start earlier this month, Bassitt allowed one earned run on three hits in seven innings.
Oakland’s bullpen could use some rest after taking over in the second inning of Wednesday night’s game. That’s one of the reasons the team called up Ramirez, who Melvin said gives the A’s a “fresher arm” and can give a tired bullpen some crucial rest.
“Hopefully he can give us some length, if that’s the case,” Melvin said. “Hopefully not. Hopefully we’re in a position where we’re ahead, and we can use our three most rested guys, which are the guys that usually pitch in games where we’re ahead.”
Those three guys, at the moment, are Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino and closer Blake Treinen, who did not pitch on Wednesday.
The team is still hoping to get left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter back in June.
Melvin joked that the weak link in last night’s loss was Smolinski, an outfielder who threw nine pitches in the ninth inning, giving up a double and a home run before retiring the side.
“If Jake doesn’t give up those two runs, we’re probably in a little better situation,” Melvin said. “So he’s going to have to work on his breaking ball a little bit more so rather than just being predictable and throwing fastballs.”
Outfielder Matt Joyce (lower back strain) will take full batting practice on Friday, and will go out Monday to start his rehab. Before going on the disabled list on June 6, he was hitting .196 with seven home runs and eight doubles in 55 games.