A's recall two relievers; Cespedes returns to lineup

A's recall two relievers; Cespedes returns to lineup
August 5, 2012, 7:16 pm
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OAKLAND -- The A's haven't had a day off since July 23 and even that wasn't much of a day off since it was a travel day. Having played three extra inning games this week including two 15-inning marathon contests the team was forced to make some moves. The A's recalled relief pitchers Evan Scribner and Pedro Figueroa from Sacramento, they placed A.J. Griffin on the disabled list, and optioned Michael Taylor to Triple-A Sacramento. Griffin left Saturday's game in the second inning with right shoulder tightness. His MRI came back clean but the team wants to be cautious with him and not rush him back. Brandon McCarthy pitched on Saturday and struck out nine batters in six scoreless innings. He will throw one more bullpen and then take Griffin's spot in the rotation. A's manager Bob Melvin said the A's were forced to make a move for some fresh arms and outfielder Michael Taylor -- who was recalled Friday -- was the odd man out. Yoenis Cespedes was also deemed healthy enough to return to the lineup after spraining his right wrist so the A's weren't going to be short an extra outfielder. He is in the lineup batting fourth and serving as DH. The A's bullpen has pitched 18 and one-third innings in the past two games and they have played 68 innings this week. The additions of Scribner and Figueroa will protect the team's overworked bullpen. Melvin mentioned that A's closer Ryan Cook will not be available on Sunday. He blew his seventh save on Saturday which is an American League-worst mark. He has blown four saves in his last six appearances. Oakland Athletics (58-49) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Jonny Gomes, LF
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, DH
Chris Carter, 1B
Brandon Inge, 3B
Derek Norris, C
Adam Rosales, SS
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Toronto Blue Jays (52-55) lineupRajai Davis, LF
Anthony Gose, CF
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Yunel Escobar, SS
Kelly Johnson, 2B
Jeff Mathis, C
Yan Gomes, 1B
Moises Sierra, RF
Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B