Hahn was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Hahn has failed to make it out of the third inning in his last two starts, surrendering a total of 16 runs (15 earned) on 15 hits in the process. The rough patch likely won't eliminate Hahn from consideration for rejoining the rotation in the second half, but for now, the Athletics will wait for him to right the ship in the minors before giving him another look. Hahn's demotion likely means that Paul Blackburn, who tossed six innings and gave up an unearned run in his MLB debut Saturday against the Braves, will stick around in the rotation for at least one more week.
Hahn (3-6) spotted the Astros six runs on nine hits over just two innings in Wednesday's 11-8 loss. He's now been annihilated for 16 runs (15 earned) over his last three innings -- a stretch that'll sink any pitcher's stat line. Hahn was delivering decent-enough work before this stretch, but even at his best, he's been far from a league-winning fantasy asset. It's still possible to utilize him as a streamer if you pick your spots carefully, but it may be wise to steer clear of Hahn until he bounces back.
Hahn (3-5) was shelled for 10 runs (nine earned) over 2.0 innings in Thursday's loss to the Astros. He allowed 10 hits and three walks while failing to record a strikeout. Hahn's command was off from the get-go on Thursday as he threw 29 strikes on 57 pitches. When he did throw strikes, the Astros did not miss as they launched a pair of home runs off of Hahn en route to building an insurmountable lead by the time the third inning started. In fairness, Hahn was going against the best lineup in baseball and he had been relatively effective in his previous three starts (16.0 IP, 2.81 ERA, 13 K). Hahn is lined up to have a shot at redemption next time out when he takes the ball Wednesday in Houston.
Hahn (3-4) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six batters through five innings during Saturday's win over the Yankees. Hahn has now allowed just five earned runs through 16 innings over his past three starts, and he's down to a respectable 3.56 ERA and 1.32 WHIP for the campaign. Saturday's outing was especially impressive because New York entered as the highest-scoring team in the majors. Hahn will have another tough test in his next start against the Astros at Oakland Coliseum.
Hahn allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks across five innings during Sunday's no-decision against the Rays. He struck out five. Hahn cruised into the fifth inning but ran into trouble and allowed three runs on five consecutive two-out hits before closing out the frame. He threw just 93 pitches on the day, but the amount of effort he expended in the fifth prompted manager Bob Melvin to turn to the bullpen in a close game. Hahn has faded a bit after a stellar start to the season, but he has gone at least five innings while allowing three runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts to keep his ERA at a respectable 3.56. He will look to continue his string of steady contributions Saturday against the Yankees.
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