For a second straight day, the Oakland A's made a move involving the middle part of their bullpen. A day after he made his major-league debut, right-hander Arnold Leon was sent back to Triple-A Nashville. He will re-join the Sounds' rotation. Taking his place in Oakland is right-hander Chris Bassitt, who leaves the Sounds' rotation for a longman role in the A's bullpen.
Bassitt was in competition for a spot in the A's rotation this spring, but he struggled during Cactus League play. He was the Opening Day starter for the Sounds and has pitched well thus far in Triple-A. In 16 innings, Bassitt has a 16:4 K:BB and a 3.38 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting just .207 off of him.
Bassitt made six appearances (five starts) for the Chicago White Sox last season. A reliever at the start of his pro career, Bassitt was moved to the starting rotation by the White Sox in 2012. He told OaklandClubhouse in February that he actually prefers relieving to starting, but the A's will likely consider him for both roles the rest of this season.
Leon threw one inning in his major-league debut. He allowed a run on two hits. Leon walked a batter and struck-out a batter. Leon is the third player to make his major-league debut with the A's this season (Tyler Ladendorf and Mark Canha were the other two). The A's only had one player make his debut last season (Billy Burns).