With Thursday’s off-day, the A’s are skipping Jason Hammel’s next start and have Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir lined up to face the Angels in their upcoming three-game series.
Hammel will rejoin the rotation for next week’s series at Houston.
Until then, Melvin said Hammel will try to regain his form in side sessions, and he’ll be available for long relief on selected days when he’s not throwing on the side.
Hammel, 31, is 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA and 21 strikeouts to 17 walks in seven starts with Oakland. He was acquired from the Cubs along with Jeff Samardzija in exchange for shortstop prospect Addison Russell, outfield prospect Billy McKinney and right-handed starter Dan Straily in early July.