The Oakland Athletics will not ask Zach Neal to make a second start on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, says A's manager Bob Melvin (via Jane Lee, MLB.com). The A's are, according to Lee, "discussing other options." Neal pitched a seven-pitch ninth inning in Saturday's 12-3 win against the Detroit Tigers after he threw 60 pitches in his start last Wednesday.
Internally, the only A's starter on the 40-man roster with Triple-A Nashville is left-hander Eric Surkamp, who is scheduled to pitch for Nashville on Sunday. More exciting options include prospect right-hander Daniel Mengden, who owns an 0.79 ERA after five starts in Triple-A.
Journeyman Chris Smith is on turn to pitch on Tuesday, but given Surkamp and Mengden's availability, I think he'll keep his turn.
After Tuesday, the A's won't need a fifth starter until June 14. The club will have a better sense of when Sonny Gray will be available by that point. Gray "felt good" after a 35-pitch bullpen session on Saturday, reports MLB.com's Jane Lee, "and the A's expect him to be back shortly after" he is eligible to return on June 5.