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Oakland A’s to call up Dillon Overton to start Saturday

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The Oakland Athletics will call up left-hander Dillon Overton from Triple-A Nashville to start Saturday’s contest against the Los Angeles Angels, manager Bob Melvin announced (via Joe Stiglich, CSN). Eric Surkamp will start Friday’s contest.

In his last seven starts for the Nashville Sounds, Overton owns a 1.40 ERA with no home runs allowed. He’s struck out 38 and walked 15 in that stretch. Overton has not allowed a run in his last 25 1/3 innings. For the year, Overton has a 3.01 ERA with 72 strikeouts, 22 walks, and two home runs allowed.

Overton will be Oakland’s 11th starting pitcher this year and the fifth to make their first career major league start.

How long the rotation stays as is depends on the rehab processes for Sean Manaea and Rich Hill. Manaea will make a rehab start for the Stockton Ports on Friday, Hill will start for Stockton on Monday. Manaea could return soon after he is eligible to return on June 29, writes John Shea for the San Francisco Chronicle. Rich Hill may also just need the one rehab start on Monday before returning the following weekend, writes MLB.com’s Jane Lee.

In the longer term, Henderson Alvarez is seeing Dr. James Andrews to try to get a better handle on what is causing continuing shoulder soreness after his second attempt at rehab was called off, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. Alvarez could be transferred to the 60-day disabled list (we’re well past the 60-day point this season) to open a 40-man spot for Dillon Overton, and it’s a decent bet the A’s will option Zach Neal from the bullpen to open a 25-man roster spot.

The other bit of injury news is that Josh Reddick is expected to come off the disabled list on Monday after completing a rehab assignment with the Nashville Sounds, Slusser also writes.