KANSAS CITY – Jesse Hahn’s status for his next start appears up in the air right now after a blister on his throwing hand forced the A’s right-hander to leave Saturday’s game.
Hahn was sailing through 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Royals until he was visited by trainers in the sixth after making a throw to first base. The blister, which is on his middle finger, has been bothering him since spring training, but he’s been able to pitch through it.
“It's been popping up,” Hahn said following the A’s 5-0 victory. “Today was a little worse. In the sixth there, a couple of pitches in, it just split open on me.”
Though Hahn said he felt he would be ready for his next start, manager Bob Melvin didn’t sound so sure in the immediate aftermath.
“There's probably a little uncertainty based on the fact that it split for the first time,” Melvin said. “We saw it in spring training a few times and it was a little bit red and sore the next day, but it would go away by the next time he pitched. This time it opened up, so we'll see.”
Blisters can be more problematic than one might think for a pitcher, simply because of the grips used for certain pitches and the manipulation needed on the baseball.
Hahn collected his first win with Oakland, but he would have liked to pitch deeper in the game.
“I would have liked to get a little further in the game to let our bullpen rest some more, but when you've got a guy like (Jesse) Chavez over there who can come in and do that, that's awesome.”
Chavez pitched the final 3 2/3 innings and struck out six to get the save.