CLEVELAND -- Travis Blackley is the mystery man.
The Australian will take the hill for the A's on Wednesday as the club shuffles and reshuffles its rotation. Manager Bob Melvin chose Blackley with right-hander A.J. Griffin still rehabbing and right-handed prospect Dan Straily not eligible to return from the Minors until Thursday. The team has yet to announce a starter for Thursday's matinee at Progressive Field.
"We just felt like we're better off going with a guy who's more stretched out at this point," Melvin said. "He has done this a number of times, whether it's starting, long relieving. He's been really good for us in a number of roles. Not only that, but he probably deserves the start."
Melvin wouldn't speculate if Blackley would last in the rotation.
"You know how we are," Melvin said. "We're going to do the best we can with what we have at a particular time. ... He'll pitch on Wednesday and going forward, we'll evaluate as we go along."
After Bartolo Colon started a 50-game suspension last week for testing positive for testosterone, the A's have had to reorder their starting staff. Blackley has compiled a 4-3 record and 3.52 ERA in 18 appearances, including 11 starts. Blackley has bounced around the Majors since arriving on the scene with Seattle in 2004. He said he has never enjoyed a season quite like the one he is experiencing in Oakland.
"It's definitely been a blast playing here," said Blackley, who the A's claimed off waivers from the Giants in May. "From other experiences in other clubhouses in the Major Leagues, this has definitely by far been the most fun I've had."