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A's recall Ryan Dull, send struggling reliever Ryan Buchter to minors

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A's recall Ryan Dull, send struggling reliever Ryan Buchter to minors

OAKLAND – The A's demoted struggling left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday and recalled right-hander Ryan Dull to take his place on the active roster.

Buchter, 32, has given up six earned runs in 7 2/3 innings this season for an ERA of 7.04. He has already allowed 12 hits and seven walks, though he has recorded 12 strikeouts.

"He's just been struggling some," A's manager Bob Melvin said Monday. "This is a guy we're really going to need, so I think, for the most part, this is go down and work on some things you need to work on and get your confidence back. When he's on, he's not just a left-handed bullpen guy, he's a good one. We saw that last year. We just need to get it straightened out a little bit. I have no doubt he'll be back here at some point."

Dull, 29, returns to the majors after pitching in the A's season opener in Tokyo. He allowed three earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning against the Mariners in that game but has been dominant in Triple-A. In six appearances with Las Vegas, Dull has tossed 9 2/3 scoreless innings, notching 14 strikeouts against two walks.

"He's been throwing great," Melvin said. "When he's performing well, not only are we not afraid to use him at any time, but we've also been known to bring him in with some guys on base, which is sometimes a difficult thing to do and he handles that really well."

After spending a month in the minors, Dull said he is excited for another opportunity at the big-league level.

"It's awesome just being back up here," he said. (I want) to help contribute in any way I can and just do whatever I'm asked to do."

[RELATED: A's reliever Trivino injures thumb playing catch]

With Dull in the bullpen, the A's relievers all have one thing in common. The move leaves Oakland without a single lefty in its 'pen, but Melvin is confident he has enough right-handers who can retire left-handed hitters.

"You just go with your best matchups right-on-left," he explained. "(The Rangers are) a team that has a lot of left-handed hitters, so maybe the timing's not great, but we feel like we have some guys down there who can get left-handers out."

A's reliever Lou Trivino day to day after suffering right thumb injury

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A's reliever Lou Trivino day to day after suffering right thumb injury

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.

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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.

A's vs. Rangers lineups: Chris Bassit returns to starting rotation

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A's vs. Rangers lineups: Chris Bassit returns to starting rotation

The A's will welcome a familiar face back into their starting pitching rotation against the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Chris Bassitt will make his first MLB start of the season, deputizing while fellow right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada is on the injured list. Bassitt has not started in the majors since Aug. 26, 2018, and made three appearances with Single-A Stockton and Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

Here are the full lineups for Monday's A's vs. Rangers game, which you can watch on the MyTeams app:

Oakland A's (11-13)

1. Marcus Semien (R) SS
2. Mark Canha (R) 1B
3. Matt Chapman (R) 3B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Chad Pinder (R) LF
6. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
7. Ramon Laureano (R) CF
8. Jurickson Profar (S) 2B
9. Josh Phegley (R) C

Starting pitcher: Chris Bassitt, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Texas Rangers (12-8)

1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) DH
2. Danny Santana (S) 2B
3. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
4. Nomar Mazara (L) RF
5. Joey Gallo (L) LF
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 3B
7. Logan Forsythe (R) 1B
8. Jeff Mathis (R) C
9. Delino DeShields (R) CF

Starting pitcher: Mike Minor, LHP (2-1, 2.60 ERA)