Valdez gave up three earned runs on four hits and a walk over three innings in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Astros. The A's had a need for some long relief after Jharel Cotton exited with just one out in the fifth, and Valdez was able to gobble up the final three innings. He was relatively efficient in throwing just 37 pitches, but also was touched up for a solo homer by Yuli Gurriel and two-run double by Carlos Correa. The 32-year-old figures to stick around the Oakland bullpen for a while, as he offers manager Bob Melvin a multi-inning option that can also start in a pinch.
Valdez was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. Valdez started one game for Oakland earlier in the season, during which he allowed three runs over four innings. However, he'll have the chance to improve off that rough outing as he heads back up to the majors. In a corresponding move, Raul Alcantara was designated for assignment.
Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Friday. This move suggests that Kendall Graveman's bullpen session Friday went well and that Graveman will indeed return to rotation next week after missing one start due to a shoulder injury. Valdez wasn't great Thursday in a spot start -- his first major-league start since 2010 -- but he at least kept the A's in the game with four innings of three-run ball against Seattle.
Valdez didn't factor into the decision Thursday against the Mariners, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out four. Considering he'd last taken a big-league mound in 2010, Valdez acquitted himself reasonably well against an improving Mariners offense. He labored some, firing 76 pitches over his four frames. However, he notched nine swinging strikes and did enough to bridge the gap to the Oakland bullpen. With Kendall Graveman (shoulder) still slated to return in time for his next start, Valdez is likely headed back to Triple-A Nashville.
Valdez had his contract selected from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. Valdez will step in to make a spot start for the injured Kendall Graveman (shoulder). The 32-year-old has impressed in two starts with the Sounds, posting a 2.70 ERA and 0.80 WHIP across 10 innings. He'll look to carry that strong showing into Thursday's start against the Mariners. To make room for Valdez on the roster, Bruce Maxwell was sent to the minors and Marcus Semien (wrist) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
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