The Oakland A's starting rotation will have a different look over the next few weeks. The A's officially purchased the contract of top pitching prospect Sean Manaea on Friday, placing him into the rotation spot previously occupied by Eric Surkamp. Oakland also placed RHP Chris Bassitt on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. Bassitt struggled in his two outings during the recent roadtrip and saw his velocity dip towards the end of each outing.
For the moment, reliever Andrew Triggs replaces Bassitt on the A's roster. Triggs was up earlier this week and made his major-league debut, but he was sent back to Nashville on Wednesday when the A's added Matt McBride to the roster. Triggs was able to return to the A's roster just two days later because he is replacing an injured player (Bassitt). McBride, who didn't appear in either game he was on the roster for, returns to Nashville to make room for Manaea on the active roster. To add Manaea to the 40-man roster, the A's moved Sam Fuld to the 60-day DL.
Bassitt's spot in the rotation will reportedly be taken by Jesse Hahn. San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser reported that Hahn will start on Saturday versus Houston. Adding Hahn to the rotation on Saturday will allow the A's to push Kendall Graveman, Rich Hill and Sonny Gray back a day.
The A's have been busy on the minor league transaction front, as well. The Midland RockHounds lost catcher Carson Blair to an oblique injury and Sam Bragg to a hip injury this week. Both were placed on the DL and were replaced by Andy Paz and Ben Bracewell, both of whom had been with Stockton. The Ports placed RHP Daniel Gossett on the DL yesterday after he left his last start with an injury. Cody Stull and Brendan Butler joined the Ports' pitching staff from extended spring training. Lana Akau replaced Paz as the Ports' second catcher. Akau had been at extended spring training rehabbing from the effects of a concussion he sustained during spring training.