OAKLAND -- Reliever Evan Scribner has performed well in Oakland since being called up from Triple-A Sacramento on June 6, and the right-hander is coming off a scoreless three-inning outing Friday that netted him his first career save. But with right-hander Tyson Ross recalled to start in place of the injured Brandon McCarthy on Saturday, a move was required, and the A's elected to send Scribner back down.
Ross wasn't officially recalled until Saturday morning, meaning Scribner was still in the clubhouse before Saturday's game against the Padres. Scribner, who appeared with San Diego last season in his only other Major League stint, allowed no hits and one walk over 4 1/3 innings in his two games for Oakland.
A's manager Bob Melvin was complimentary of Scirbner, and indicated that the right-hander showed enough to warrant a return trip to the big leagues soon, perhaps when McCarthy rejoins the rotation.
"Versatile guy," Melvin said of Scribner. "A guy you can match up, pitch for an inning, pitch multiple innings, pitch in games where you're behind, pitch in games where you're ahead. That's kind of a niche that not too many guys are able to fill ... it's nice to have those guys that can pitch multiple innings and feel comfortable enough to pitch in games where you're ahead, and certainly Evan's able to do that.
"But for obvious reasons, we had to make a room today."
Scribner's outing on Friday meant that Melvin didn't have to use any other relievers, giving him a rested bullpen for Saturday. That's key because he has one fewer reliever (six) than normal with six starters currently with the club.