Mengden (0-1) allowed five runs on seven hits (three home runs) while walking one and striking out one over 3.1 innings in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Indians.
It was a tough matchup on the road against the defending AL champions, and Mengden wasn't up to the task. His stay in Oakland's rotation isn't likely to last long with Kendall Graveman (shoulder) and Jesse Hahn (triceps) not expected out for long, and Mengden isn't even guaranteed another go of it. While the 24-year-old did fan 71 hitters in 72 innings in his rookie season, he also sported an unimpressive 6.50 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 14 starts.
Mengden was recalled from Triple-A Nashville prior to his scheduled start Monday against the Indians.
This addition has been in the cards since Saturday, but the move to officially add Mengden to the 25-man roster is now complete. He'll draw a relatively tough matchup in his first MLB start of 2017, going on the road to face Carlos Carrasco and the Indians.
Mengden will be called up from Triple-A Nashville on Monday to start against the Indians, John Hickey of the East Bay Times reports.
The Athletics will have to replace their second rotation member in less than a week with Kendall Graveman (shoulder) set to join Jesse Hahn (triceps) on the disabled list Monday, allowing Mengden to get his first trial with the big club this season. Mengden has made only four starts with Nashville after foot surgery sidelined him for spring training and delayed his start to the campaign, but he's been spectacular in those outings, turning in a 2.21 ERA and 20:5 K:BB in 20.1 innings. Manager Bob Melvin has said that he expects Graveman to miss more than the minimum 10 days, so Mengden could end up seeing additional starts beyond Monday if he performs well.
Mengden is expected to join the big-league rotation next week, likely starting Monday in Cleveland, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.
The team will decide Sunday whether or not to put Kendall Graveman (shoulder) on the DL, but that move seems highly likely, as he is expected to miss significant time with this latest shoulder injury. Mengden would be taking Graveman's spot in the rotation, but he could only be around for one start, as Jesse Hahn (triceps) could come off the DL next weekend. Mengden would be able to start Monday on an extra day of rest after tossing seven shutout innings in his last start Tuesday. He has a 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 20.1 innings this season at Triple-A.
Mengden is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and .189 BAA over four starts with Triple-A Nashville.
The 24-year-old right-hander has been particularly effective in his last two starts, allowing just one earned run on seven hits over 13 innings while also compiling 12 strikeouts. Mengden is projected to remain with the Sounds for the moment, although if Jesse Hahn (triceps) and Kendall Graveman (shoulder) both land on the disabled list as expected, he could be in line for a call-up.
|10/2/2016 vs Seattle|
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 28 |
| 29 |
| 30 |
| 31 |
| 1 |
| 2 |
| 4 |
| 5 |
| 6 |
| 7 |
| 8 || 9 |
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||4||1||1.16||8||6||0||0||0||38.2||30||7||5||1||2||8||36|