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The A’s still have yet to announce who their second starter will be for Wednesday’s doubleheader, but manager Bob Melvin said that three candidates are under consideration right now.
Arnold Leon and Josh Lindblom, both currently in Triple-A Sacramento’s rotation, are two of those candidates, he confirmed, along with one “in-house” option. Though he didn’t name the in-house candidate, it figures to be left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who has substantial big league starting experience and is currently serving as the long man out of Oakland’s bullpen.
The A’s and Seattle Mariners both will be allowed to add a 26th player to the roster for the doubleheader. Melvin said the A’s will definitely bring somebody up, but it doesn’t mean that player will be taking the ball to start one of the games. Dan Straily currently is listed to start the 12:35 p.m. opener of Wednesday’s twin bill. Felix Hernandez will start one of the games for Seattle.
Pomeranz is 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA in nine appearances out of the bullpen. He has impressed Melvin in his first season with Oakland after being acquired from Colorado in the offseason deal that sent Brett Anderson to the Rockies. Thirty of his 34 major league appearances before this season were in starting duty, and Pomeranz is 4-14 with a 5.40 ERA in those starts.
“I’ve always been a starter, but I’m trying to focus on whatever my role is for that day and do my job,” Pomeranz said.