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A’s call up reliever Sam Moll

Fresh arm while Frankie Montas sits out with visa issues

Los Angeles Angels v Oakland Athletics Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s called up a spare pitcher Friday for their road trip to Toronto.

Due to a visa issue, Frankie Montas was unable to join the team on the trip to Canada and make his scheduled start against the Blue Jays on Friday, so the A’s altered their rotation this week to have Montas pitch Thursday in Detroit and then return to the Bay Area, reported Matt Kawahara of the S.F. Chronicle on Wednesday.

Now that they’re traveling without Montas, he’s been placed on the restricted list, which means Oakland can recall another player to replace him. They used that temporary spot to bring up reliever Sam Moll.

The left-hander spent most of July in the A’s bullpen but appeared in only three games, in which he didn’t allow a run and stranded his only inherited runner. He returned to the minors for all of August and pitched well for Triple-A Las Vegas.

  • Moll, MLB: 2⅔ ip, 0 runs, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 1 hit, .310 xwOBA
  • Moll: AAA: 1.69 ERA, 10⅔ ip, 12 Ks, 5 BB, 1 HR, 8 hits, 4.34 FIP

The club plays three games against the Blue Jays from Friday through Sunday, and then returns to the Coliseum for a homestand beginning Tuesday. Presumably this change will last throughout the weekend, giving Oakland a 10-man bullpen for their series in Toronto.

The active roster has changed a lot lately, so here’s an update. In the past week there have been five callups — two due to players going on the injured list (Jefferies for Brown, and Bolt for Moreland), plus two additions for September roster expansion (Allen and Davis), and now Moll.

Oakland A's 28-man roster
Pitchers Hitters

Sean Manaea (L)
Cole Irvin (L)
James Kaprielian (R)
Paul Blackburn (R)

RS: Frankie Montas (R)
IL: Chris Bassitt (R)
60-IL: Mike Fiers (R)


Sergio Romo (R)
Andrew Chafin (L)
Jake Diekman (L)
Yusmeiro Petit (R)
Lou Trivino (R)
Deolis Guerra (R)
A.J. Puk (L)
Burch Smith (R)
Daulton Jefferies (R)
Sam Moll (L)

60-IL: Trevor Rosenthal (R)

Sean Murphy (R)
Yan Gomes (R)
Austin Allen (L)


1B: Matt Olson (L)
2B: Jed Lowrie (S)
SS: Elvis Andrus (R)
3B: Matt Chapman (R)
UT: Josh Harrison (R)
UT: Tony Kemp (L)

IL: Mitch Moreland (L)


Mark Canha (R)
Starling Marte (R)
Chad Pinder (R)
Skye Bolt (S)
DH: Khris Davis (R)

IL: Stephen Piscotty (R)
IL: Seth Brown (L)

Injury/absence report: