Lindblom called up to start nightcap
Right-hander Josh Lindblom has been brought up from Triple-A Sacramento to start the nightcap of Oakland’s split doubleheader with the Indians on Wednesday.
Clubs participating in split doubleheaders are allowed to employ a 26th man on their active roster for the second game, so the A’s will not have to take another player off their current roster to make room for Lindblom.
Acquired by the A’s with Craig Gentry in the trade that sent Michael Choice to the Rangers in the offseason, Lindblom went 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA in six games for the A’s this spring and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning in his final start against Seattle.
Lefty Scott Kazmir, originally scheduled to start Tuesday’s game that was postponed, gets the nod for the first game. Melvin said the decision for the second game came down to Lindblom and prospect Arnold Leon.
“A little more experience with Josh,” said Melvin. “He’s pretty similar to a guy like [Jesse] Chavez. He can give you the type of versatility, whether it’s an inning or two or long relief or starting. His last outing was his best for us, started throwing a little bit of a slider, too, and now a four-pitch guy, so we’re excited about seeing him perform.”
The 26-year-old was 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in eight games (five starts) with the Rangers last year and is 5-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 109 big league appearances overall, including stints with the Dodgers and Phillies. He faced Cleveland once last season, allowing five hits and three runs in six innings with one walk and six strikeouts.
The lineup for Game 1: Crisp CF, Donaldson DH, Lowrie SS, Moss 1B, Cespedes LF, Reddick RF, Callaspo 3B, Norris C, Sogard 2B
Donaldson will be back at third base for the second game, said Melvin, who expects to use all of his position players today.