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A's recall OF Smolinski, option RHP Bassitt

Oakland Athletics Jake Smolinski (5) is greeted by Stephen Piscotty (25) after scoring on a single by Jonathan Lucroy in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Monday, April 23, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez) (Richard W. Rodriguez/AP)
June 10, 2018

OAKLAND -- The A's restocked their bench ahead of Sunday's series finale against the Royals, recalling outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville.Right-hander Chris Bassitt, who held Kansas City to one run on three hits in a spot start for Trevor Cahill (Achilles) on Saturday, was optioned as the corresponding move.Bassitt,

OAKLAND -- The A's restocked their bench ahead of Sunday's series finale against the Royals, recalling outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville.
Right-hander Chris Bassitt, who held Kansas City to one run on three hits in a spot start for Trevor Cahill (Achilles) on Saturday, was optioned as the corresponding move.
Bassitt, however, could be summoned again should Cahill land on the disabled list. Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the veteran right-hander was "a little better" Sunday, but didn't rule out a DL stint.
Smolinski returns to the A's a second time this season, after hitting .118 with 34 at-bats during his first stint. He was optioned to Nashville on May 16 and slugged seven homers in 21 games with the Sounds, batting .260.
He launched five of those homers in his last nine games, hitting .355 in that span.
"He's doing well," Melvin said. "He's the kind of guy when you get consistent at-bats you've got a much better chance. The trick here is trying to stay ready, especially for younger guys. It's an acquired taste to be a guy that doesn't play every day."
Worth noting
• Right-hander Andrew Triggs (triceps) threw a bullpen session Sunday and is nearing a Minor League rehab assignment.
• Outfielder Boog Powell, who has been sidelined since April 7 with a sprained right knee, was back in action Saturday, making his first rehab appearance for Class-A Advanced Stockton.
Powell, who was hitless in three at-bats and played five innings in center field, is slated for seven more innings with Stockton on Monday and said he expects to transfer his rehab to Nashville by the end of the week.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.