Athletics starter Jesse Hahn will miss his next scheduled start Thursday to allow a blister on his middle finger to heal, tweets CSN California's Joe Stiglich. Jesse Chavez will start in his place. Hahn was removed from Saturday's contest against the Kansas City Royals after 65 pitches and completing 5⅓ innings of three-hit scoreless ball. Chavez completed the game with a a 3⅔-inning save of his own.
Hahn played catch earlier today and said blister is getting better, but Melvin says they wanna get past this so he only misses one start.— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) April 21, 2015
The A's will effectively be down to a six-man bullpen until Chavez recovers from Thursday's start. In discussing how he intends to use the bullpen, Melvin had this to say:
Melvin says it's his job to find right recipe for bullpen and he's still looking. Sounds as if Clippard might be used one-plus innings.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 21, 2015
If the A's need a long reliever, Evan Scribner made a 3⅓-inning appearance for the A's on March 25. Dan Otero's pitch-to-contact style has also gotten him through several innings in recent years.