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By JIM HAWKINS Special to MLB.com ST. PETERSBURG, Fla _ Shorthanded in the bullpen after Evan Scribner was called upon to pitch three innings of relief Friday night when starter Brett Anderson was forced to leave the game after one inning because of a sprained right ankle, the A's recalled well-traveled veteran right-hander Jesse Chavez from Sacramento Saturday and optioned Scribner to their Triple-A affiliate. "We needed another arm in the bullpen," Bob Melvin explained, "and we weren't going to have Scribner for a couple of games. "That's what happens sometimes when your starter gets knocked out early." Chavez, who will assume the role of long reliever, was with the A's and available to pitch Saturday night. "If something were to go wrong, he could give you six innings," Melvin said. Chavez was in the starting rotation with the Sacramento River Cats. He had a 1-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in three starts. He struck out 19 batters and walked just four in 18.1 innings. His last start was April 15 when he allowed two runs on six hits while striking out nine in seven innings. The 29-year-old Chavez had an 18.90 ERA in four appearances with the A's last September. He previously pitched in the Major Leagues for the Pirates, Braves, Royals, and Blue Jays. Scribner posted a 4.26 ERA in eight appearances with the A's this year. Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. By JIM HAWKINS Special to MLB.com

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View Full Game Coverage By JIM HAWKINS Special to MLB.com ST. PETERSBURG, Fla _ Shorthanded in the bullpen after Evan Scribner was called upon to pitch three innings of relief Friday night when starter Brett Anderson was forced to leave the game after one inning because of a sprained right ankle, the A's recalled well-traveled veteran right-hander Jesse Chavez from Sacramento Saturday and optioned Scribner to their Triple-A affiliate. "We needed another arm in the bullpen," Bob Melvin explained, "and we weren't going to have Scribner for a couple of games. "That's what happens sometimes when your starter gets knocked out early." Chavez, who will assume the role of long reliever, was with the A's and available to pitch Saturday night. "If something were to go wrong, he could give you six innings," Melvin said. Chavez was in the starting rotation with the Sacramento River Cats. He had a 1-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in three starts. He struck out 19 batters and walked just four in 18.1 innings. His last start was April 15 when he allowed two runs on six hits while striking out nine in seven innings. The 29-year-old Chavez had an 18.90 ERA in four appearances with the A's last September. He previously pitched in the Major Leagues for the Pirates, Braves, Royals, and Blue Jays. Scribner posted a 4.26 ERA in eight appearances with the A's this year. Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. By JIM HAWKINS Special to MLB.com

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com

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