OAKLAND -- Just hours before he was slated to throw the first pitch of Oakland's second contest of a three-game set against the Angels on Tuesday, right-handed starter Graham Godfrey's promotion from Triple-A was made official.
To make room for Godfrey on the 25-man roster, the A's optioned lefty reliever Pedro Figueroa to Sacramento, where he did not allow a run in five games to start the season. He made his Major League debut with Oakland on April 21 and posted a 2.00 ERA in just eight appearances since then.
"We just weren't getting him the consistent work he needs," manager Bob Melvin admitted. "He's probably better suited to get more innings down there, more regular work. Certainly we have very high expectations for him. We expect him back potentially at some point in time here. He really has a special arm. There were just some things in the way of getting him the regular work."
Godfrey's second stint with the A's this year comes in the wake of an injury to Brandon McCarthy, who is on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, and it follows an impressive showing in Sacramento, where he was 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA, walking just five and striking out 22 in 29 2/3 innings.
"He's gone down and done exactly what we asked him to do, has dominated again -- deserving of the start, as he's been every time he's been called up," Melvin said. "I know he's fired up and excited about the start. We need him to throw strikes, get ahead, use his off-speed stuff. He knows that. It's just about consistency for him."
As for McCarthy, head trainer Nick Paparesta said Tuesday that the pitcher should be set to pick up a ball by the end of the week, putting him on track for his June 2 return date.