The Oakland Athletics have demoted starting pitcher Dillon Overton to Triple-A Nashville after he gave up seven runs and two home runs in three innings of work against the Chicago Cubs Friday. The A’s called up left-handed reliever Patrick Schuster to give the A’s a nine-man bullpen until they call up starters for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games.
Overton has struggled with giving up home runs in his five major league starts, having allowed 11 in 21 1/3 innings on his way to a 10.97 ERA. He’s been solid in Triple-A, posting a 3.21 ERA and allowing just three home runs in 103 2/3 innings, but it just has not translated to the major league level so far.
The A’s needed six innings from their bullpen on Friday, with Andrew Triggs, Daniel Coulombe, and Marc Rzepczynski allowing just two hits and a walk in that stretch. Schuster has a 1.16 ERA in 38 2/3 innings for the Nashville Sounds, but has allowed eight runs in 4 2/3 innings with Oakland in July.
Oakland will have to call up pitchers for Tuesday and Wednesday to follow Sonny Gray, Sean Manaea, and Kendall Graveman. As of yesterday, Daniel Mengden is listed as pitching for Nashville tonight while recent acquisition Jharel Cotton pitched Thursday and is on turn to pitch on Tuesday. Raul Alcantara, scheduled to pitch Sunday, has been excellent over three starts since getting promoted to Triple-A, striking out 14 without issuing a walk and allowing one run in 20 2/3 innings.