Melvin expects bullpen to take right turn

Melvin expects bullpen to take right turn

ST. PETERSBURG -- On Sunday, the A's were still talking about Saturday night's seven sterling shutout innings by the bullpen, in relief of the ailing Bartolo Colon.

"It was amazing what they did," Colon declared. "And they've been doing it all season."

But with four left-handers in Oakland's seven-man bullpen, manager Bob Melvin said he expects right-handers Fautino De Los Santos, Andrew Carigan and Neil Wagner to be back with the A's at some point this season.

"It's tough to only have three right-handers, and one [Jim Miller] being a long guy," Melvin admitted. "And [Ryan] Cook and [Grant] Balfour are the guys you expect to pitch the eighth and ninth."

That doesn't leave the manager with a lot of options.

Brian Fuentes, Jerry Blevins, Pedro Figueroa and Jordan Norberto are the A's lefty relievers.

Melvin has talked about testing Figueroa, who has shown the ability to get right-handed hitters out, in some higher-pressure situations.