***Darren Sabedra here filling in for John Hickey. Here is the latest pregame news from the A’s clubhouse***
OAKLAND — Chris Bassitt’s pitching arm had not felt right since spring training, but the A’s right-hander figured it was usual soreness starters experience as workloads increase.
After his second straight rough out, Thursday against Detroit, Bassitt let the team’s brass know that the arm was not right.
He underwent an MRI on Friday — results have not been announced — and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what the team called a strained right elbow.
“We’re not sure of the severity yet,” manager Bob Melvin said. “But we do know that we need to put him on the disabled list.”
Bassitt’s status was among a series of moves of the A’s made Friday, hours before top pitching prospect Sean Manaea was to make his major league debut as Oakland begins a home series against the Houston Astros.
The team called up right-hander Andrew Triggs from Triple-A Nashville to add an arm to a weary bullpen, moved outfielder Sam Fuld (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list as he prepares for surgery and optioned catcher/outfielder Matt McBride to the Triple-A club.
The A’s also called up right-hander Jesse Hahn from Nashville to start Saturday.
As excited as Hahn was to be back in the big leagues, Bassitt did not mince words about being injured.
“Every pitcher is going to have dead arm, pain starting the year off,” he said. “The pitch counts go up. I was hoping that’s kind of what it was. So far it doesn’t really seem like that.
“I can’t throw off speed. My curveball was nothing. My slider was straight. My best pitch, honestly out of every pitch I threw, was my changeup. That’s my worst pitch I can possible throw. I felt so excited and prepared going into the season. For this to happen really sucks.”
Melvin said he was not upset that Bassitt didn’t let management know earlier about the discomfort, noting that “guys want to pitch.”
“Pitchers sometimes have some aches and pains,” Melvin said. “I think that’s what he thought it was. It certainly didn’t come across our desk. It did later on yesterday. It’s a little disappointing certainly for him and us right now that he has to go through this. He’s a talented guy. Hopefully we get him back sooner than later.”
Bassitt’s velocity had dipped to about 90 mph as he yielded 13 runs in his past two starts after posting an ERA of 2.79 over his first three outings.
“Hopefully we caught it before anything significant, but I guess we’ll find out today,” Bassitt said.
— Hahn could not even remember where Nashville was playing when he got the news Thursday about his promotion.
“I’m just excited right now,” he said. “Excited to be here again. That’s what I was working for. Just hoping to come up here and put zeroes on the board.”
Hahn went 6-6 with a 3.35 ERA in 16 starts for the A’s last season.
“Jesse did a great job for us last year,” Melvin said. “Had a little bit of a tough spring. Had to work his way back and has. He had a little bit of a blister that seems to have cleared up. He’ll be at full go tomorrow.”
Looking ahead, Rich Hill will start Sunday, Kendall Graveman on Monday and Sonny Gray on Tuesday.
— Fuld (shoulder) will undergo surgery next month, probably May 18, according to Melvin.
“We’ll see if they’re moving it up at all,” the manager said. “But he’s done everything he could strengthening-wise to try to get it to where he didn’t have to have surgery.”
— Right-hander Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will have a rehabilitation outing Saturday for Class A Stockton. He will throw roughly four innings and 60 pitches, Melvin said.