OAKLAND -- Josh Lindblom got the call to start for the Oakland A’s in the second game of Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader.
With Scott Kazmir starting the 12:35 p.m. first game in his A’s debut, Lindblom will take the ball in the 6:05 p.m. nightcap making his first appearance in green and gold. Oakland acquired the right-hander from Texas along with Craig Gentry in the deal that sent Michael Choice and infielder Chris Bostick to the Rangers.
Lindblom is 5-8 with a 3.82 ERA over parts of three major legue seasons. He’s been primarily a reliever, with just five of his 109 appearances coming in starts. He had a 4.02 ERA in six spring appearances.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said the decision for Game 2 came down to Lindblom or fellow minor leaguer Arnold Leon. Oakland and Cleveland are both granted a 26th player for the nightcap, so no corresponding roster move needs to be made to fit Lindblom on the roster.
“There’s a little more experience with Josh,” Melvin said. “He’s similar to a guy like (Jesse) Chavez, who can give you the type of versatility, whether it’s an inning or two, whether it’s long relief or starting. His last outing was his best for us, and he’s started throwing a little bit of a slider too. We’re excited about seeing him.”
Lindblom will have a pitch count of about 90.
In other news, reliever Ryan Cook threw off the mound at the Coliseum. He and outfielder Craig Gentry are eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but there’s a chance that both might need more time. Gentry left the team Tuesday to be with his wife, who gave birth to a daughter Tuesday night.