OAKLAND -- The A’s starting rotation will be shifted around over the next few days.
Chris Bassitt, who was originally slated to start Thursday’s series finale against the Angels, was away from the team Wednesday to be with his wife, Jessica, who gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Landry Jayne. Bassitt will be given a few days of extra rest before returning to start Saturday against the Tigers. In the meantime, left-hander Brett Anderson will start for Oakland on Thursday, and Homer Bailey will go Friday in the series opener against Detroit.
“He’ll be on his way back tomorrow,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said of Bassitt. “We’ll give him a day to acclimate and push him back.”
Sean Manaea, who tossed five shutout innings in his 2019 debut at Yankee Stadium last week, will also get a start at some point over the next week. With six quality starters on the roster, the possibility for a six-man rotation remains on the table.
“I’ll probably have an announcement for that tomorrow,” Melvin said before Wednesday’s contest vs. the Angels. “How we’ll work around this six-for-five deal we’ve got going.”
A’s looking for “right spot” for Puk
A.J. Puk, the A’s No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, will enter Wednesday night’s game against the Angels going on eight days since his last appearance. The left-hander is fully healthy, but Melvin said it has been a challenge to find a good situation to utilize him. After a shaky first two outings, Puk shined in his last appearance at Kauffman Stadium on Aug. 26 as he shut down the Royals over two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
“We probably threw quite a bit at him early on,” Melvin said. “Then he had the two-inning game in K.C., which was completely the opposite of what he was dealing with to begin with. With the workload and how we looked at him, we had to get him a couple of days after that and haven’t found the right spot for him.
“I talked to him about that today. We’ll get him in the right spot and get him rolling. It was a lot to throw at him. We’ll try to find a good spot.”