The A's optioned right-hander Zach Neal to Triple-A Nashville to clear a roster spot for lefty Eric Surkamp, who was promoted to start Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins.
Surkamp joins the A’s for the third time this year and is 0-3 with a 6.55 ERA in five starts over his previous two stints. He has walked 14 batters while striking out just 12 in 22.0 innings.
The 28-year-old left-hander is also 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA and .202 opponents batting average in four starts with Nashville. Surkamp has 28 strikeouts and eight walks in 23.0 innings with the Sounds.
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Neal was recalled from Nashville May 25 and started that night at Seattle. He allowed seven runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings for the loss and also pitched a scoreless inning of relief last Saturday against Detroit.
Neal is 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA in three games overall with Oakland. He is also 5-1 with a 2.53 ERA in seven starts with the Sounds.
Oakland A's media services contributed to this report