Phegley gets cortisone shot; McBride called up

May 13th, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG -- A's catcher Josh Phegley received a cortisone shot in his sore right knee, leading the team to summon Matt McBride from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Friday's series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Phegley initially hurt his knee in Toronto last month but felt good enough to catch several games thereafter. Following his latest start behind the plate in Boston, however, he "had some significant discomfort in the back of his knee," team trainer Nick Paparesta said.

Phegley underwent an MRI on the A's Thursday off-day and received a cortisone injection that could potentially keep him out of this three-game series.

The callup marks McBride's second trip to the bigs this season, though he has yet to play in a game. That could change this weekend, with manager Bob Melvin mentioning that McBride could potentially see two starts: one at first base, and another at catcher.

McBride, who signed a Minor League deal with the A's in December, was batting .175 with one home run and four RBIs in 20 games for Nashville.

The A's optioned right-hander Zach Neal to make room on the roster for McBride. Neal made his big league debut in Boston on Wednesday, allowing three runs in three innings.