Hendriks activated, Phegley recalled

Gossett placed on disabled list; Lucas optioned

June 5th, 2018

The A's reinstated right-hander from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday and recalled catcher Josh Phegley from Triple-A Nashville. Oakland also placed right-hander on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a right elbow strain, and optioned right-hander to Triple-A Nashville.
Hendriks returns to the A's roster after missing 46 games due to a strained right groin. Hendriks appeared in six games for Oakland before going on the DL on April 14. In those six outings, he had a 9.00 ERA with seven hits, three earned runs, one home run, three walks and one strikeout in three innings of work.
"He's a guy [who's] pitched in leverage stuff for us here in the past," Melvin said of Hendriks. "I know he felt really good in Arizona, we sent him to Nashville a couple days, he felt good there, so no training wheels. We'll just try to pick the situation we feel like is best."
Phegley returns to the A's for his second stint with the club. He spent four days with Oakland while the team was in Toronto, playing in two games and going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. In 36 games this year with Nashville, Phegley is hitting .235 with three home runs, 18 RBIs, 15 walks and 31 strikeouts in 119 at-bats.
"It's nice to have another position player here and in [Phegley's] case if I can mix and match a little bit with the catchers, depending on who starts tomorrow night, it gives me some options to potentially [pinch-hit] there," Melvin said.

Gossett threw only 63 pitches over five innings Sunday and was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 4. He's 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA in 24 1/3 innings this year. He underwent an MRI on Monday and it'll be a few weeks before he can resume throwing activity, head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta said.
Lucas returns to Nashville for his third stint with the club this season. He has a 2.89 ERA in four appearances with Oakland this season. and has a 2.13 ERA in 12 2/3 innings for Nashville.
A's to have their eyes on OU
Oklahoma football will be must-see TV for the A's this fall, as first-round pick Kyler Murray is the favorite to replace Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as the Sooners' starting quarterback. Melvin said the A's management felt confident Murray was the best athlete on the board for the ninth pick.
"What I'm hearing about his athleticism, it's off the charts," Melvin said. "We've seen athletes like Bo Jackson and Kirk Gibson and these guys really have great careers. You're looking a lot of times for the best athlete and apparently this was the guy. I don't know if it gets me off of Cal football to root for Oklahoma football, but we will definitely watch Oklahoma football a little closer this year."

Injury updates
Paparesta and Melvin gave several updates on injured Oakland players Tuesday:
• Right-hander (right forearm strain) is traveling with the club and could be ready to return in a matter of days.
• Right-hander (right arm nerve irritation) will likely throw a bullpen session Thursday.
• Outfielder (right knee sprain) is in extended spring training and will begin working out with the A's on Friday, with a rehab assignment planned to follow.
• Lefty (left shoulder strain) has begun a throwing program and will throw off a mound later this week or next week.
• Left-handed reliever (left shoulder strain) was scheduled to throw a bullpen Tuesday, live batting practice Friday and then begin a rehab assignment.