The injury bug has bitten the Oakland A's once again. Although they welcomed back starter Rich Hill this weekend, the A's lost catcher Josh Phegley and reliever Fernando Rodriguez to injuries. As a result, the A's recalled catcher Matt McBride from Nashville on Sunday and selected reliever Patrick Schuster from Nashville on Monday.
Schuster, who signed with the A's as a minor league free agent this off-season, will be making his major-league debut. The A's also sent reliever Daniel Coulombe back to Nashville and promoted outfielder Andrew Lambo to the 25-man roster and then placed him on the 60-day DL (recovery from surgery to treat testicular cancer) to make room for Schuster on the 40-man roster.
Schuster was named to the PCL All-Star team earlier this week. The 25-year-old has been brilliant all season for the Sounds, posting a 1.30 ERA in 34.2 innings. He has struck-out 37, walked 12 and held opposing batters to a .206 average. Schuster has also held lefties to a .193 average. Righties have hit .217 off of him.
Schuster was 13th-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 out of J.W. Mitchell HS in Florida. He earned national fame in high school after throwing four consecutive no-hitters. Below is video of Schuster being interviewed after his fourth no-hitter. He has a career 3.29 ERA in 442.2 innings over his eight-year career. He has allowed just 23 homeruns over his career.
On the minor league front, Carson Blair was promoted to Nashville from Midland to replace McBride on the Sounds' active roster. Blair has appeared in 11 games since returning from a left oblique injury that cost him most of the first-half of the season.
In other news, the A's agreed to terms with their third-overall pick Logan Shore to a $1.5 million bonus. Shore, who was a Golden Spikes finalist, was the last of the A's top-10 round picks to sign. The A's have now signed all but two of their top-20 round pick and 32 of 41 overall.