Pache was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday. Pache's playing time declined over the last several weeks, and he went just 2-for-18 with a double, a run, an RBI and six strikeouts over his last seven games. Skye Bolt (hamstring) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and is starting in center field Thursday against the Mariners.
Pache went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a double and a run in a win over the Royals on Sunday. Pache made good use of his fourth start in the previous seven days, churning out his second multi-hit effort in that span. The 23-year-old continues to be much more valued for his defensive prowess, however, as he's still slashing just .167/.212/.234 across 205 plate appearances.
Pache will start in center field and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the Royals, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Though he's included in the starting nine for the series finale, Pache looks like he may be moving into more of a fourth-outfielder role for Oakland. He started just once in the Athletics' previous four games while second baseman Tony Kemp has picked up more reps in left field to clear a spot in the infield for rookie Nick Allen, who has swung a hot bat of late and appears to have temporarily claimed a near-everyday role.
Pache isn't starting Saturday's game against the Royals. Pache went 2-for-9 with a double and five strikeouts over his last four matchups and will be out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games. Tony Kemp, Ramon Laureano and Seth Brown are starting in the outfield from left to right.
Pache will sit Friday against the Royals, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Pache finds himself on the bench for the second time in three games. While the Athletics seemingly remain committed to having him continue to develop in the big leagues, he hasn't shown much evidence of that development thus far, hitting a miserable .160/.207/.225 on the year. Ramon Laureano slides to center field in his absence, with Seth Brown in right.