Athletics manager Bob Melvin told beat reporters Sunday morning that he is uncertain whether Jesse Hahn will be able to make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels. Hahn exited Saturday's game with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand after 65 pitches and completing 5⅓ innings of three-hit scoreless ball.
Jesse Chavez is the most likely candidate to make a spot start in case Hahn can't start on Thursday and that was the primary reason Chavez was allowed to make 57 pitches to complete a 3⅔-inning save to finish Saturday's game, according to CSN's Joe Stiglich. Chavez struck out five batters, allowed four hits, and walked one batter out of the 16 he faced. This year, Chavez has yet to concede a run in 6⅔ innings and in spring training made six appearances over 22 innings with a 3.27 ERA. He struck out 18 batters and walked five in the Cactus League.
After Saturday's game, Hahn told reporters that the blister "just split open on me. I usually get 'em. This one was a little worse," according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. Hahn believed he would be able to make his start Thursday. Bob Melvin will have a better idea of Hahn's availability after a bullpen session later this week, according to CSN's Joe Stiglich.