The Oakland Athletics have optioned reliever Evan Scribner to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled reliever Jesse Chavez. Scribner threw 65 pitches on Friday and wouldn't have been able to pitch for a few days. He leads all Major League relievers with 12 2/3 innings pitched.
The move was made for precautionary reasons. With starting pitcher Brett Anderson leaving after one inning with a sprained right ankle on Friday, and Saturday's starter, Jarrod Parker, not being able to make it out of the fourth inning in two consecutive starts, the A's need a fresh arm that can eat up some innings.
Chavez, a right-handed pitcher, is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts for the Sacramento River Cats this season. In four appearances for the A's last year, Chavez had a 18.90 ERA in 3 1/3 innings pitched. He has looked bad at the big league level for the A's, but has pitched well in Triple-A.
Scribner will likely be back with the team shortly. Unless there is a DL move, he has to be in the minor leagues for 10 days. The four runs he allowed on Friday tied a career-high. He had five consecutive scoreless appearances prior to Friday.
The A's next day off is May 2, so they will have to be careful not to overwork the bullpen. If Anderson is forced to miss just one start, Chavez could step in and provide a spot start. If Anderson ends up on the disabled list, Dan Straily will be the pitcher that gets the call.
With Chavez off the River Cats roster, the Triple-A affiliate added right-handed pitcher Pedro Vidal from the Stockton Ports. They also placed right-handed pitcher Darren Byrd on the temporarily inactive list.