The Oakland A's made a few roster moves on Tuesday, all of which were expected. The most important transaction was recalling left-hander Dillon Overton from Triple-A Nashville to make the start tonight (Tue) against the Astros. Sean Manaea was originally scheduled to start but ended up pitching in emergency long relief on Sunday, necessitating a new plan for Tuesday. Overton will face Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel in a veritable Battle of the Beards.
To make room for Overton, the A's placed Andrew Triggs on the disabled list. The right-handed reliever was struck in the shin by a Josh Donaldson line drive on Sunday (diagnosis: shin contusion). But then that left the bullpen down a man, which could have been a problem given that Overton averaged around four innings in his first two MLB starts. So, lefty Daniel Coulombe was brought up from Nashville to plug that relief hole, with utilityman Tyler Ladendorf going back down to make room on the 25-man roster. To sum it up:
Recalled: LHP Overton, LHP Coulombe
Options: UTIL Ladendorf
DL: RHP Triggs
These moves leave the A's with a full seven-man pen (Madson, Dull, Axford, Zep, Hendriks, Schuster, Coulombe) but only a three-man bench. If the A's want a new utilityman before Ladenforf's 10-day waiting period has passed, they still have Arismendy Alcantara in Triple-A, where he is currently on fire (.905 OPS in July).
Here's the A's lineup for Tuesday.
Some key numbers for each of these players.
Overton's MLB numbers so far: 2 starts, 11.42 ERA, 8⅔ ip, 4 Ks, 5 BB, 5 HR, 11.47 FIP
On the bright side, Overton's stats almost have to get better after tonight's game.
Coulombe, 2016: 13 games, 4.50 ERA, 18 ip, 15 Ks, 5 BB, 4 HR
... but in Triple-A, Coulombe has 1.08 ERA in 25 frames, with an insane K/BB rate. There could still be more here than we've seen.
Triggs, 2016: 16 games, 5.83 ERA, 2913 ip, 30 Ks, 9 BB, 4 HR
The sidearmer has been asked to fill a lot of roles, and his numbers reflect that he's often been put in a position he's not well-suited in for the benefit of the team.
Ladendorf, 2016: 3-for-36, 1 BB, 10 Ks
He's mostly here to pinch run and play defense.