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Oakland A's place Felix Doubront on the DL; recall Andrew Lambo

Even before first pitch, the Oakland A's had to change their Opening Day roster, placing fifth starter Felix Doubront on the disabled list.

The Oakland A's placed fifth starter Felix Doubront on the disabled list with a sprained left elbow. The A's recalled outfielder Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Nashville, although they are likely to make another move later in the week to recall a starter in Doubront's place.

Doubront won a spot in the A's rotation this spring after coming into camp as a likely reliever. He left his final start of the spring with tightness in his left forearm. That start came on Saturday, so the DL stint is retroactive to Sunday. Doubront was scheduled to start on Friday. That start is likely to be made now by right-hander Jesse Hahn, who is currently on the Nashville roster. Hahn struggled this spring but was a solid member of the A's rotation last season.

For now, Lambo will give the A's another left-handed power bat off of the bench. Lambo had an outstanding spring training, remaining in big league camp until the final cuts on Saturday. He can play the corner outfield and first base.

Update: The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Eric Surkamp, who pitched well in relief of Doubront in Saturday's spring finale, is likely to get the start in lieu of Hahn. Surkamp is not on the 40-man roster and would need to be added. The A's have a full roster at the moment, so another move would have to be made.

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