"I threw a bullpen the other day," said Accardo, whose last game action was 12 days ago. "I think they knew this was going down. They gave me a heads-up and let me throw a couple times. I was actually scheduled to throw an instructional league game today. I would've been the oldest pitcher [there]."
Accardo played much of the season with the Cleveland Indians but became a free agent on Aug. 11 after being designated for assignment. He signed with Oakland just four days later and made seven relief appearances for Sacramento.
Accardo left Sacramento and went to Lake Tahoe to relax for a few days, but he continued his workouts and was ready to begin throwing again when the A's wanted him to join their team. He is now thrust into a postseason race with less than two weeks to go in an eventful season.
"It's great," he said of his timing and good fortune. "As a player and as a competitor, this is what you want. You want to be involved in the postseason atmosphere. It kind of brings out a little more in every player. It's fun to embrace the challenge and to go out there and try to get some outs."
A's manager Bob Melvin admitted that his bullpen is caught a little short after Saturday's 14-inning game, but he wouldn't go into specifics on who was available. The bottom line, he said, is that Accardo can help the A's in the next 10 days and Oakland has room for him.
"The organization is doing the right thing in trying to get another arm here and a guy who does have quite a bit of big league experience," said Melvin. "He's a right-hander who can get left-handed guys out. It's never a bad thing to have added depth. Especially guys with experience."