The Oakland Athletics have called up utility player Tyler Ladendorf and activated Andrew Triggs from the disabled list ahead of Tuesday’s contest against the Los Angeles Angels. The A’s optioned reliever J.B. Wendelken to Triple-A Nashville to open a space on the 25-man roster, and there was already a 25-man roster place open after the A’s traded Josh Reddick to the Los Angeles Dodgers (Rich Hill was already on the DL).
Max Muncy had been serving as the backup second baseman for the last few days as the A’s rotated middle infielders and starting pitchers between Oakland and Nashville, but Ladendorf has more experience up the middle. Ladendorf also could play in center field, enabling Jake Smolinski to play in right field.
The A’s still have to decide on a fifth starter by Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, but for now the A’s will continue to play with an eight-man bullpen. Jesse Hahn is not among the probable starters announced in Tuesday’s Nashville Sounds game notes that goes out to Saturday, with recent acquisition Jharel Cotton scheduled to pitch on Thursday. Daniel Mengden is listed as pitching in Colorado Springs on Saturday.