The Oakland Athletics recalled right-handed relief pitcher Dan Otero from Triple-A Nashville and optioned Chris Bassitt to Triple-A ahead of Sunday's contest against the Cleveland Indians. Between the All-Star Break and an off day on July 20, the A's will not need a fifth starter until July 26.
The A's expect to recall Bassitt for that game, as Jesse Hahn will still need some rehabilitation time if he is ready to pitch at that point.
Melvin confirms Bassitt to return to rotation July 25 and rotation out of break Gray, Kazmir,Chavez, Graveman— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 12, 2015
Melvin says would be tough for Hahn to return immediately to rotation. He isn't picking up a ball for two weeks.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 12, 2015
A July 25 return allows Bassitt to start on regular rest.
Dan Otero returns
Right-handed reliever Dan Otero returns after a successful stint with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He made nine appearances, pitching 16⅔ innings while allowing just two walks (one intentional) and striking out 13. He had a 1.08 ERA. Otero started the season with a 6.29 ERA in 23 major league appearances while allowing four home runs before being demoted to Triple-A.
RHP Dan Otero likely to pitch middle/long relief now that he's back in #Athletics bullpen, but "he's a versatile guy," mgr Bob Melvin says.— John Hickey (@JHickey3) July 12, 2015
Otero has arrived, says he worked on improving fastball command and is feeling confident in secondary pitches.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 12, 2015
Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians is scheduled to start at 10:10 AM Pacific Time.