OAKLAND — Triple-A right-hander Andrew Triggs was the surprise choice to start Saturday’s game for the A’s against the Los Angeles Angels.
Triggs has made 10 appearances with the A’s this season, but all 19 of his outings — whether with Oakland or Triple-A Nashville — have been in relief. So clearly Saturday’s matinee will be a tag-team effort from reliever to reliever for the A’s to get through the day from a pitching standpoint.
“We’re really not too worried about how much we get from (Triggs),” manager Bob Melvin said after Friday’s 3-2 walk-off victory over the Angels. “We’re going to have an extra pitcher here regardless, a deep bullpen, so we’ll mix and match a little bit. He’s thrown up to 70 pitches. I don’t expect him to do that, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Melvin had mentioned long reliever Zach Neal as an option to start. Neal may very well get into the game, especially if the A’s need length. But promoting Triggs is easy from the standpoint that he’s already on the 40-man roster. Utility man Tyler Ladendorf was seen leaving the A’s clubhouse with a packed equipment bag Friday night, so it stands to reason that he will be optioned to clear a 25-man roster spot for Triggs. Triggs has an 8.00 ERA in 10 games (18 innings) for Oakland this season. In nine games with Nashville, he is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA.
Eric Surkamp is still in line to start Sunday’s game for the A’s.