OAKLAND -- Right-handed pitcher Graham Godfrey, who was recalled by the A's to start on Tuesday against the Angels in place of the injured Brandon McCarthy, is looking to find a level of comfort in the Major Leagues after allowing nine earned runs in 16 innings in his initial stint with Oakland.
It had to help, then, that Godfrey had a familiar face for a battery mate.
Catcher Anthony Recker has partnered with Godfrey often over the past several years, both in the Minors and the Majors. He caught each of Godfrey's three previous starts for the A's this season and was in the lineup again on Tuesday.
The pair's history of success together was a factor in A's manager Bob Melvin giving regular catcher Kurt Suzuki the day off and starting Recker instead. Recker said that having that familiarity is a boon for both players.
"It makes it much easier, just having any kind of comfort level," Recker said. "Just knowing what a guy does, and what he does successful, is the most important thing, knowing what he can do and what he can't do and just using it in the game."
Melvin said that Godfrey has done everything the A's have asked of him in his time in the Minors. The key for the right-hander is to translate his success at Triple-A Sacramento to the big leagues, and nobody has a better idea of what's needed to do so than Recker.
"[He just has to] be himself," Recker said. "He's got great stuff, he's got good command, he pounds the zone, he throws a lot of strikes. As long as he does that, as long as he does what he normally does, what he's good at, he'll be fine."