Mengden is expected to make his next start at Triple-A Nashville after Athletics manager Bob Melvin suggested that Frankie Montas would likely be recalled from the minors when a fifth starter is needed Tuesday against the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
After a three-week stay on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained foot, Mengden was activated July 14 and immediately optioned to Triple-A, despite having turned in a respectable 4.47 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over his first 16 starts with Oakland. Though he was bypassed for a promotion out of the All-Star break, Mengden looks to be the next man in line should the Athletics elect to make a rotation change. Montas and Brett Anderson would seem most at risk of ceding their respective spots to Mengden if either pitcher struggles in his subsequent outings with the big club.
Mengden (foot) was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.
Mengden had recorded a mediocre 4.47 ERA in 16 starts prior to his injury. The move could be as much to do with the All-Star break as his performance, though, as the Athletics won't need a full rotation until five days are the break ends, when Mengden would be eligible to come back.
Mengden (foot) will need at least one more rehab start before returning to Oakland, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Mengden reached 66 pitches in his first rehab appearance, but the team will likely want him to increase that pitch count before activating him from the disabled list. The additional rehab start means he won't be able to return to action until after the All-Star break.
Mengden (foot) was credited with a victory in Triple-A Nashville's win over Iowa on Friday, allowing an unearned run on two hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out five.
Mengden worked up to 66 pitches and missed plenty of bats in what was an encouraging first rehab appearance. The right-hander was the second pitcher on the hill for the Sounds after starter Raul Alcantara worked a trio of scoreless frames. The Athletics should have a better feel for Mengden's plan of action going forward Saturday, after they gauge how the pitcher's foot tolerated the fairly robust workload.
Mengden (foot) will embark on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Mengden was placed on the disabled list due to a foot sprain after leaving his start against the White Sox on June 23 following just two innings of work. It has yet to be announced as to whether Mengden will require multiple outings at the minor-league level, but in the event that just one is sufficient, he could be back on the mound for the Athletics next week.
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