OAKLAND – The A's likely will be without their top setup man for the next couple of games, as right-hander Lou Trivino is day-to-day with a thumb injury on his pitching hand.
Trivino told NBC Sports California he suffered the injury prior to Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays. He was playing catch and lost track of the ball due to a bright glare from the sun reflecting off the Coliseum seats. He ended up getting hit on the top of the right thumb.
Trivino was wearing a protective covering on the thumb Monday afternoon. He told NBC Sports California he doubts he can pitch in Monday's game against the Rangers but should be okay in the next few days. He doesn't expect to go on the 10-day injured list.
Trivino, 27, has been one of the A's most reliable arms out of the bullpen the past two seasons. In 12 appearances this year, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 0.55 WHIP. He has recorded 16 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings, allowing just six hits and one walk.
Last season as a rookie, Trivino went 8-3 with four saves and a 2.92 ERA in 69 games. He has since added a curveball and changeup to his already devastating arsenal of pitches.
Oakland opens a three-game series with Texas Monday night at the Coliseum. The A's are trying to snap a three-game losing streak.