The A’s have set their rotation coming out of the All-Star break, and it will go Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jesse Chavez.
It’s a balance between trying to get their top starters pitching up front, and giving others a little extra rest. With Kazmir likely to throw some pitches in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, he’s been pushed back in the rotation, with his first second-half start not coming until July 22 against the Houston Astros.
In other noteworthy tidbits, center fielder Coco Crisp was out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game Sunday. Given the four days off he’ll also get from the All-Star break, the A’s hope that the extra rest will help remedy the neck soreness and other minor ailments he’s had.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who made a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday night, was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Sacramento, where he will continue pitching in the River Cats’ rotation in case he’s needed for starting depth down the road in the bigs.
Pomeranz, who was out with a fractured right hand after punching a wooden chair in frustration, struck out seven over four innings and gave up just one hit, a homer.