SEATTLE — Shortstop Marcus Semien was added to the A’s 25-man roster Thursday after being sidelined nearly three months by a fractured wrist.
He takes the spot of starting pitcher Jharel Cotton, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with the blister that he’s been dealing with on his right thumb. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Semien, right-hander Andrew Triggs was transferred to the 60-day DL with the torn labrum in his left hip.
The upshot of this roster shuffle is that Franklin Barreto, Oakland’s top prospect who has been handling shortstop lately, stays up with the big league club for now. Manager Bob Melvin had indicated Barreto was a candidate to return to the minors when Semien was activated.
It remains to be seen how the A’s handle their middle infield situation as they begin a four-game series at Safeco Field against the Mariners on Thursday night. Second baseman Jed Lowrie is a heavily rumored candidate to be dealt as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
Cotton’s next turn in the rotation comes Saturday, so the A’s will have to identify a starter for that day.
Semien underwent surgery April 18 to have a screw inserted the fractured scaphoid bone in his wrist.
For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.
The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.
Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.
"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.
In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.
UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.
On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth.
Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round.
Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams.
The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.