Kendall Graveman will be recalled from the minors to start Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters before Thursday’s series opener.
Graveman will start in place of Drew Pomeranz, who went on the disabled list Wednesday for a sprained shoulder joint. Graveman began the season in Oakland’s rotation after a dazzling performance throughout spring training. But he struggled to an 8.27 ERA in four regular season outings and was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on April 26.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in four starts for Nashville.
Pomeranz received a cortisone injection Thursday on his ailing shoulder.
In other news, center fielder Coco Crisp will get an MRI Thursday on his sore neck and be examined by a specialist Friday.