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Oakland A’s activate Santiago Casilla from DL, option Ryan Dull

For the third time in four days, a pitcher comes OFF the disabled list.

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The Oakland A’s activated relief pitcher Santiago Casilla from the 10-day disabled list on Friday, the team announced. To make room on the roster, fellow reliever Ryan Dull was optioned down to Triple-A Nashville.

This ended up being a short DL stint for Casilla, who went on the shelf two weeks ago with a strained shoulder. He only made one minor league rehab appearance for High-A Stockton, and his velocity was back in the 90s. The right-hander is having a decent year at age 37 despite shaky peripherals, including a walk for every strikeout.

Casilla, 2018: 3.32 ERA, 21⅔ ip, 14 Ks, 14 BB, 0 HR, 11 hits, 4.04 FIP

Meanwhile, the odd man out of the pen for now is Dull. He’s shown flashes of his old setup peak this year but struggled to stay consistent, making it difficult to rely on him in high-leverage situations. To his credit he’s converted 4-of-5 hold chances, but his 5.06 ERA is something he’s earned with a few too many meatballs.

Dull, 2018: 5.06 ERA, 16 ip, 17 Ks, 4 BB, 3 HR, 4.18 FIP

The 28-year-old right-hander now returns to Nashville, where he’ll wait for his next chance in Oakland alongside fellow taxi squad relievers Josh Lucas and Carlos Ramirez.

Casilla is the third A’s pitcher to come off the DL in the last four days, after Liam Hendriks on Tuesday and Paul Blackburn on Thursday. Overall the bullpen is almost back to 100% full health, with only lefty Ryan Buchter still out of action (and he’s eyeing a rehab assignment). Of course, the rotation is another matter, but at least the relief corps is healing up.

Updated roster:

Oakland A's 25-man roster
Pitchers Hitters

Sean Manaea (L)
Daniel Mengden (R)
Trevor Cahill (R)
Paul Blackburn (R)
Frankie Montas (R)


Blake Treinen (R)
Yusmerio Petit (R)
Lou Trivino (R)
Danny Coulombe (L)
Chris Hatcher (R)
Santiago Casilla (R)
Liam Hendriks (R)
Emilio Pagain (R)

Jonathan Lucroy (R)
Josh Phegley (R)


Matt Olson (L)
Jed Lowrie (S)
Marcus Semien (R)
Matt Chapman (R)


Khris Davis (R)
Stephen Piscotty (R)
Dustin Fowler (L)
Mark Canha (R)
Chad Pinder (R)
Nick Martini (L)

10-day DL: RHP Daniel Gossett (elbow), RHP Andrew Triggs (triceps), LHP Brett Anderson (shoulder), LHP Ryan Buchter (shoulder), OF Matt Joyce (back)

60-day DL: RHP Jharel Cotton (TJS), OF Boog Powell (knee)