OAKLAND — Trevor Cahill’s Achilles heel literally has been his Achilles the past week.
When Cahill was originally scratched from his scheduled start last Saturday against the Kansas City Royals due to an injury sustained to his right Achilles while running in the outfield during warm ups, the feeling was that the right-hander would only miss a few days and not require a stint on the disabled list. But with Cahill’s next turn in the rotation set for Friday and the injury not progressing, the A’s may no longer be able to avoid that stint.
“There’s a good chance he’ll go on the DL. We’ll have to make a decision here probably tomorrow,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said before Tuesday night’s game against the Houston Astros. “He’s not responding in the fashion that we had hoped. It’s just not getting better.”
With Cahill’s placement on the disabled list pretty much a formality, Melvin said the likely move will be to call up Chris Bassitt, who was impressive filling in for Cahill in what was his first big league outing since 2016. Bassitt allowed just one run on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts over seven innings of work.
Though Bassitt was sent down to Triple-A Nashville after the start and players usually have to stay in the minors for a minimum of 10 days before returning, Cahill going to the disabled list would allow the A’s to get by that rule. It would be a promotion Melvin said Bassitt has earned.
“He would certainly be the first option,” Melvin said. “If indeed we do this, I think he deserves another chance based on how he pitched last time out.”
— Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) and Brett Anderson (left shoulder strain) are both scheduled to throw bullpen sessions oN Wednesday. It will be the first time Anderson has thrown off a mound since landing on the DL May 19.
— Ryan Buchter (strained left shoulder) threw 16 pitches in a scoreless inning Monday night in an appearance with Single-A Stockton. He” throw another 20 pitches for Stockton Wednesday, and finally appears close to returning after landing on the 10-day DL back on April 26.