The Oakland Athletics keep moving folks around, but they might have run out of luck with all of the shuffling leading to victories.
Right before Sunday's series finale against the White Sox, the A's reinstated left-handed pitcher Richard Lovelady from the 15-day injured list.
While Lovelady didn't get to start the game, he still appeared in relief for the Athletics in the final match of the three-game series against the South Siders. The game, which ended in a loss for the A's, saw Lovelady pitch fewer than a full inning before getting removed from the game entirely.
Lovelady might have felt a bit uncomfortable and could still be suffering the effects of his injury, as he's been recovering from it in Single-A of late, albeit on a super-brief spell of just one game.
The lefty has been recovering from a strained left elbow in the minors after getting injured back on June 15. In that day and game against the Rays, he managed to pitch a scoreless inning before being forced to exit the game due to the injury.
During Sunday's game, Lovelady took the mound for two-thirds of an inning allowing two runs on two hits while striking out one batter. Lovelady pitched for the A's having made a single appearance at Single-A Stockton on Friday while rehabbing.
To accommodate Lovelady's return, the A's decided to send Kyle Muller to Triple-A Las Vegas. Muller, who was the A's Opening Day starter and also contributed to their victory against Chicago the previous Saturday, was optioned to make room for Lovelady on the roster.
Muller's demotion to AAA has nothing to do with his performance on the mound for the A's, mind you, and was entirely related to the arrival of Lovelady on the first-team roster back from his rehabbing stint.
Muller will keep getting minor-league reps for a few days and weeks before getting back up to the MLB rotation if all goes according to plan and no more injuries from Major League players force Oakland to recall him earlier than expected.