A’s starter Jesse Hahn was taken by surprise when told he was being sent back down to Triple-A Nashville.
Oakland called up reliever J.B. Wendelken, who was due to arrive at Camden Yards just before the first pitch Sunday afternoon.
Hahn, the losing pitcher in Saturday’s Game 2 with Baltimore claiming a 5-2 win, had only made two starts , and in the first he didn’t allow a run.
It was the weather and the A’s schedule that conspired against Hahn. He and Rich Hill are both due to pitch in five days, which is an off-day Thursday while Oakland is between the Boston and Tampa Bay on this road trip.
“Mostly it’s due to the fact we’re going to need a starter before Jesse pitches again,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “The rain threw us for a little loop that way. It happens during the course of a season. And we need another arm for today. You can always use an extra arm after a doubleheader.
Hill, who has been on a nice roll, will be held back one day to pitch Friday in Tampa, and if Hahn was kept around, he’d wind up going on six days’ rest next Saturday. The A’s want to keep him going on as regular a schedule as possible, and that worked again Hahn sticking around for the moment.
“I didn’t ask too many questions, but I’m sure the doubleheader had something to do with it,’’ Hahn said. “Obviously I’m not happy about it, but all I can do is keep my head high and hope that the next time I’m here I stick.’’
Meanwhile the A’s still need a starting pitcher for Wednesday, a game that would have belonged to Hill had not Friday’s game been rained out. Left-hander Eric Surkamp remains by far the most likely candidate. The 6-foot-5 veteran made four April starts before being sent down with an 0-2 record, 5.59 ERA and 1.914 WHIP.
The A’s have ruled out inserting right-hander Henderson Alvarez in to the Wednesday slot. On his way back from last July’s shoulder surgery, Alvarez is down to make two more minor league starts, and the A’s aren’t willing to change that.
“We aren’t going to rush him, as much as we liked like to have him back here,’’ Melvin said of Alvarez, a 2014 All-Star while pitching with the Marlins. “There’ll be at least two more rehab starts.’’
–Wendelken is likely up for just three days and will be sent back to Nashville when the A’s call up Surkamp to make Wednesday’s start. Melvin said it was good to have an extra reliever a day after a doubleheader, but the A’s bullpen is mostly rested.
–Khris Davis got a day off in part because Melvin is looking for ways to get Mark Canha in the lineup. Canha had a big year for the A’s as a rookie with 16 homers and 70 RBI. But he was playing three-quarters of the time in 2015. The current season has seen him play in just 15 of the A’s first 31 games, and only eight of those have been starts. “It’s tough have as quality a player as Mark Canha is sitting around for this long,’’ Melvin said. “He’s a guy who can be impactful for us, and we need to find some games for him.’’
–When Jarrod Parker starts his injury rehabilitation a little later this summer, he may do it in Nashville rather than at the A’s facilities in Arizona. Parker has spent the bulk of the last three seasons since his 2013 Tommy John surgery in Arizona and Melvin said “I think he might be a little tired of that.’’ Parker has recently seen the surgeon who operated on his arm in the spring, Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Melvin said he believed Parker was now out of the post-surgery brace his right arm had been in.