The Oakland A’s added some thump to their roster on Sunday, recalling slugging first baseman Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville Sounds. The A’s sent right-hander Daniel Mengden back to Nashville after he struggled in two starts with Oakland. Mengden takes the Nashville roster spot of Joel Seddon, who returns to Double-A Midland after making one start for the Sounds.
Olson has been one of the hottest hitters in the A’s system over the past 30 days. He homered twice on Friday, his last game with Nashville. On the season, Olson is batting .285/.374/.575 with 14 homers and 26 walks in 47 games. This is Olson’s second stint with the A’s this season. He received only three at-bats in a week-long stay in the big leagues in late April.
Olson has played primarily first base in Nashville this season, but with Yonder Alonso putting up huge numbers as the A’s first baseman, Olson is more likely to get his at-bats with the A’s in right field or at DH for now. Olson played mostly right field for Nashville last season.
Mengden was the A’s starter in their 10-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday, but he wasn’t able to make it through five innings, earning a no-decision. The right-hander had a 10.13 ERA and he allowed four homeruns in eight innings in two starts with Oakland. With the Sounds, Mengden has a 2.21 ERA in 20.1 innings spread over four starts. Mengden missed all of spring training and the first four weeks of the regular season recovering from a broken foot.
Seddon returns to Midland after allowing a run on five hits in four innings in his start for the Sounds. He has a 4.50 ERA in 38 innings for the RockHounds this season.
With Mengden going down to Triple-A, it is likely that right-hander Jesse Hahn will return to the A’s rotation sometime next week. Hahn pitched well in a rehab start for the High-A Stockton Ports on Wednesday.
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