Scribner gives overworked A's bullpen a fresh arm

Scribner gives overworked A's bullpen a fresh arm

OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Evan Scribner had an idea he'd be called up, even before it became official.

Dan Straily, who started Monday night's contest, was a fill-in and knew he would be sent back down. Scribner knew, too.

"When I saw the game go extra innings, that cemented it," Scribner said. "I was watching the game and fell asleep in the 17th inning. I woke up to infomericals, but then saw the highlights."

Scribner was on the A's Opening Day roster and had a 4.26 ERA in eight relief appearances before he was optioned to Sacramento on April 20.

Straily was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and started against the Angels, allowing six runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

He was on the A's Opening Day roster and started the fifth game of the season, an 8-3 victory at Houston on April 5. Straily was optioned to Sacramento the next day when Bartolo Colón was reinstated from his suspension. Straily is 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA in two starts with the A's this year.

Outfielders Coco Crisp and Chris Young and infielder Jed Lowrie were all out of the starting lineup Tuesday.

A's manager Bob Melvin indicated that Young (left quad strain) and Lowrie (stiff neck) would be available off the bench, while Crisp would get the day off.

"We'll be short off the bench and short in the bullpen," Melvin said. "But we'll have nine guys in the lineup and Jarrod Parker on the mound, and I feel good about that."

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.